Haydn String Quartet Op. 76, #2 “Quinten” (1796)
Hindemith 8 Pieces for String Quintet, Op. 44, # 3 (1927)
Milhaud String Quintet # 2, Op. 316 (1952)
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was a prominent and prolific Austrian composer of the Classical period. His contributions to musical form have earned him the epithet "Father of the Symphony and the String Quartet." The Op. 76 quartets are among Haydn's most ambitious chamber works, deviating more than their predecessors from standard sonata form and each emphasizing their thematic continuity through the seamless and near-continual exchange of motifs between instruments. “Quinten” refers to the falling perfect fifths at its start.
Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) was a German composer, violist, violinist, teacher and conductor. Hindemith is among the most significant German composers of his time. His early works are in a late romantic idiom, and he later produced expressionist works, before developing a leaner, contrapuntally complex style in the 1920s. French composer Darius Milhaud (1892-1974) was a member of Les Six and one of the most prolific composers of the 20th century. His compositions are influenced by jazz and make use of polytonality. Milhaud is to be counted among the modernist composers.
This concert is free.