@ Sanders, Concert Calendar

February 18 — 3:00 pm

Venue: Sanders Theatre

Ludwig van Beethoven
Serenade in D major for Flute, Violin and Viola, Op. 25

Claude Debussy
Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp, L. 137

William Walton
Piano Quartet in D minor


Featured Musicians

Paula Robison, flute
Jennifer Frautschi, violin
Marcus Thompson, viola
Raman Ramakrishnan, cello
Andrew Armstrong, piano
Jessica Zhou, harp

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The flute sings the first theme of Beethoven’s Serenade in D major for Flute, Violin and Viola, which the strings cheerfully mimic. Despite the challenges inherent in the trio form, the piece dances around the room in nimble exuberance. Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp was the second of three pieces that Debussy was inspired to write amidst the turmoil of World War I. The trio looks back in time: its timbres suggest the ancient, and the nostalgic Pastorale introduced in the first movement cloaks the entire work in a fog of reflection. Fresh from six years of choir school and precocious, Walton wrote his Piano Quartet in D minor at the age of sixteen. While his youth shines through in the piece’s heavy romanticism, the quartet’s meticulous construction, insistent articulation, and rhythmic momentum presage the distinct style that would later define Walton’s best work.