Throughout the ages, composers have borrowed or rehashed old ideas from previous pieces, giving them a new lease of life for a separate occasion. An arrangement of an earlier composition was also an invaluable way in which to disseminate a popular work more readily, and in turn, helped to facilitate more performances. Beethoven and Mozart each composed masterful quintets for piano and winds, presented in this program in their versions for piano and string trio. Likewise, the study of counterpoint of the old masters served to inspire young composers, such as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms and Debussy, to find their footing in the art of counterpoint. Here we include two string trios by Mozart based on original subjects composed by J.S. Bach, a fitting and circular end to our 2018-19 series!
Maggie Cole, fortepiano; Susanna Ogata, violin; Jenny Stirling, viola; Timothy Merton, cello