Bechtler Museum

March 15, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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String Quartets in conjunction with the Sol LeWitt art works featuring American composers Ives and Copland.

A string trio is a group of three string instruments, or a piece written for such a group. The term is generally used with reference to works of chamber music from the Classical period to the present. From at least the 19th century on, the term “string trio” with otherwise unspecified instrumentation normally refers to the combination violin, viola and cello. The earliest string-trio form, found in the early Classical period, consisted of two violins and a cello, a grouping which had grown out of the Baroque trio sonata, while over the course of the 19th century the string trio scored for violin, viola, and cello came to be the predominant type (Tilmouth and Smallman 2001).

Beginning in the second half of the 18th century, although the trio configuration for two violins and cello was not wholly abandoned in classical chamber music (even during the 19th century), the scoring for violin, viola, and cello began to take precedence.

A distance of nearly ten years separates the dozen or so youthful string quartets composed by Franz Schubert during his initial teenage plunge into the realm of chamber music and the three late quartet masterpieces of 1824-1826.

Schubert’s mind was little occupied with string instruments between these two peaks, but he did find time in his astoundingly busy schedule to come up with two string trios, D. 471 and D. 581, both in B flat major and both composed during the month of September: D. 471 in 1816 and D. 581 in 1817.

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