This is a Groupmuse Virtual Premiere
An online debut of exceptionally crafted pre-recorded content, coupled with musician + audience videochat.
Music for the Future Part IV: Beethoven's "Razumovsky" String Quartet
Sun, January 30, 2022 7:00 PM, EST
NOTE: PLEASE JOIN US RIGHT AT 4PM PT/7PM ET FOR OUR PRECONCERT ZOOM WITH THE ARTISTS: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/2020743980?pwd=NlNYeFdBWmw4S2JGSER1UCtVemVGZz09
THE CONCERT WILL BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 4:15PM PT/7:15PM ET.
PROJECT: MUSIC HEALS US is proud to present the fourth of a 16-part digital concert series based on the college-accredited, Beethoven-inspired music composition course being created for incarcerated students. This course, named MUSIC FOR THE FUTURE, is an expansion of our previous 5-day intensive workshops which PMHU teaching artists have given in state and federal prisons for the past five years.
For the fourth installment of this Groupmuse Centerstage series, you will have the opportunity to take part in the ongoing creation of this exciting new digital composition course, experiencing all sixteen of Beethoven's String Quartets in a new and up-close way, and learn how our students compose using the same tools Beethoven used. We hope you'll join us to take a deep dive into the beauty, inspiration, pain, and redemption that are contained within Beethoven's music, while learning how to craft original works through breaking down Beethoven's compositional process.
This week we will examine Beethoven’s first string quartet of his middle, “heroic” period, the first of the three Rasumovsky quartets. The few years that passed since his earlier Op. 18 string quartet collection were extremely eventful both on the historical and on the personal level, inspiring Beethoven to embark on a new style of composition, as demonstrated in some of his greatest masterpieces such as the Eroica Symphony and the two grand piano sonatas, Waldstein and the Appassionata. In this week’s episode, we find Beethoven returning to the genre of the string quartet as a more mature man and much more ambitious composer. Join us as we look both into the upheavals in Beethoven’s life and into the major changes in his compositional style and artistic goals as they were manifested in his string quartet in F major, Op. 59, No. 1.
The full MUSIC FOR THE FUTURE course will launch in Fall 2022 led by PMHU's lead teaching artist and course developer Brad Balliett.
Abigel Kralik & Brian Hong, violins
Molly Carr, viola
Michael Katz, cello