Group of people playing together for three or four days. Everyday another ensemble, another piece. No coaching involved. Just for fun.
Date: January 6-9, 2022 in Akoesticum, Ede, Netherlands.
Saturday January 8, I will be playing the
String Quartet no.12 in E-flat major op.127 by Beethoven (1825)
- Maestoso – Allegro
- Adagio, ma non troppo e molto cantabile
- Scherzando vivace
Sunday January 9, I will be playing the
String Quintet no.3 in E-flat major op.97 “the American” by Dvorak (1893)
- Allegro non tanto
- Allegro vivo
- Finale. Allegro giusto
The quintet was written shortly after Dvorak finished the famous “American” string quartet in F major, opus 96. Both were written during a stay at Spillville, Iowa, home to a Czech immigrant community. He was in the US because Jeanette Thurber had persuaded Dvorak to become the head of the National Conservatory of Music of America and to found a school of composition for American music the way he had designed Czech music in his home country. He got acquainted with the so called Afro-American and Indian music in quite a special manner. Nevertheless a style emerged which borrows much from pentatonic spirituals and Indian music.
For a very interesting talk about Dvorak, the influence of Afro-American music and the quintet in E-flat major click here.