In 1781, the 25 year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart moved to Vienna, to freelance and pursue fame and fortune in the capital city of German music. A few months later, he met and played in a pickup string quartet with Joseph Haydn. Inspired by the Haydn quartets he had played, Mozart set out to compose a series of string quartets of his own, quartets that would earn Haydn’s respect. In this he succeeded entirely; Mozart’s six, so-called “Haydn” quartets did not just win Haydn’s praise but raised the string quartet bar to an altogether new level of artistry, virtuosity, and compositional complexity.
This season will also feature Mozart’s two extraordinary Piano Quartets of 1785–1786, works that virtually created the genre of “piano quartet.”
Join us for the first of two seasons dedicated to Mozart’s Viennese chamber music masterworks.
Saturday, January 25, 2014 — 10:00 am
Program: String Quartet No. 14 in G Major, K. 387 & String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421