Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60 (1875)
Vaughan Williams Piano Quintet in C minor (1903)
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) was a German composer, but spent most of his professional life in Vienna. Brahms is often considered both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Baroque and Classical masters. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) was an English composer. His works include operas, ballets, chamber music, secular and religious vocal pieces and orchestral compositions including nine symphonies, written over nearly fifty years. Strongly influenced by Tudor music and English folk-song, his output marked a decisive break in British music from its German-dominated style of the 19th century. With its full-bodied Brahmsian textures and warm-hearted Schubert-like melodies, the Piano Quintet in C minor (1905) sounds wholly unlike later Vaughan Williams until its closing Fantasia's rhapsodic sweep hints at it. On the other hand, the Romance and Pastorale do anticipate the mature composer in their clean textures, long-limbed melodies, and modal harmonies.
This concert is free.