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ASPECT Foundation - Schubert: Octet
Place & Time
Bohemian National Hall
321 E. 73rd Street
New York, NY 10021
United States

New York NY
December 14, 2017
7:30 PM


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Ying Quartet
Joseph Anderer, horn
William Short, bassoon
Alexander Bedenko, clarinet
Brendan Kane, double bass

Illustrated talk by Misha Donat

No piece by Schubert pays clearer homage to his greatest contemporary, Beethoven, than his Octet one of his most irresistibly exuberant chamber works. It was commissioned by Count Ferdinand Troyer, amateur clarinetist and chief steward to Beethovens pupil and patron Archduke Rudolph of Austria. Troyer wanted a piece modeled on Beethovens Septet, Op. 20, and Schubert duly scored his music for an almost identical ensemble. He also mirrored Beethovens six-movement scheme even prefacing each of the outer movements with a slow introduction. And as in the Beethoven, the works centerpiece is a set of variations. This being Schubert, the variation theme comes from one of his vocal compositions: a duet in a Singspiel he had composed at the age of eighteen.

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