Beethoven, Schumann and the road to Romanticism Sept. 29Published 9:36am Monday, September 23, 2013
Sunday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. Landrum Presbyterian Church will host a concert open to all at no charge.
The road through music’s romantic period wound directly through the compositions of the two composers whose works will be heard on Sept. 29 – Ludwig van Beethoven and Robert Schumann.
While Beethoven was a transitional figure, his initial roots were in the Viennese classical tradition brought to its climax by Haydn and Mozart.
The importance of Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E Flat Major for 19th century music romanticism cannot be overstated. Even Richard Wagner, normally a bit dismissive of Schumann’s compositions, wrote the composer on Feb. 25, 1843 following a performance of the quintet in Dresden said “… I still vividly recall the first two movements in particular. Had I heard the fourth beforehand it might have pleased me more than it did. I see where you are headed and assure you that I want to head there, too: it is our only salvation: beauty.”
– article submitted by Whitney Blake