Music of Mozart, Beethoven, and E.T.A Hoffmann

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | 7:30 pm

On Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at 7:30 pm, at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, Friends of Mozart is pleased to present a program of two trios for piano, violin, and cello that demonstrate the evolving ideals of Classical era music and the emerging Romantic age:  Beethoven’s Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1, “Ghost,” and E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Grand Piano Trio in E major.   Hoffmann, largely remembered as an influential critic and writer, was also a composer.  As an author, his writing proved influential throughout the nineteenth century, a touchstone of Romantic literature.  Both Schumann and Tchaikovsky were inspired to compose works, Kreisleriana and The Nutcracker, respectively, based on Hoffmann stories.  His piano trio, written in 1809, suggests in its harmonic outline a formal aspect of the Classical period.  Its expressive quality hints at Mozart. Beethoven’s piano trio, known as the “Ghost,” was composed in 1808, the same year as the Sixth Symphony, and reflects a mastery of formal balance, expressive depth, and virtuoso display.  The Mozart Adagio is a late keyboard work, whose highly personal, subjective tone points to the nineteenth-century character piece.  Little wonder Hoffmann, probably the most astute contemporary critic of Beethoven’s pathbreaking achievements, saw Mozart as a composer of Romantic musical art, a paragon measure of the good, the transcendent.

Artists:

Theresa Salomon, viola

a native of Germany who came to New York in 1993, performs on baroque and modern violin and viola. She has participated in numerous international festivals, including Festival Presence, Paris; Gulbenkian Festival, Lisbon; and the Prague Spring Festival.  Ms. Salomon performs in New York with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, REBEL Baroque Orchestra, New York Collegium, American Classical Orchestra, and the Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra. Theresa Salomon serves on the adjunct faculty of Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music, where she teaches performance practice and baroque violin.

Lindy Clarke, cello
is a founding member of the Claring Chamber Players, the Hudson Trio, and the New York Baroque Consort.  She has also been a guest artist with the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Bargemusic, and the North Country Chamber Players.  Lindy Clarke performs with numerous period instrument ensembles and orchestras, including the Classical Band, American Classical Orchestra, Grand Tour Orchestra, and Trio Pasqualati.  Ms. Clarke coaches chamber music groups through Alaria, the DiMenna Center, and Summertrios.  

Yi-heng Yang, fortepiano
appears throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, performing on early and modern keyboard instruments. During the 2013-14 season, she made her Friends of Mozart debut in a program featuring Mozart’s keyboard trios. Recent seasons include performances with Tricia Park, Charles Neidich, James Shields, David Felberg, and the Apple Hill String Quartet. She plays with numerous ensembles, including the Sebastians, Gretchen’s Muse, and Trio Pasqualati. Upcoming recordings include the complete Mendelssohn Violin Sonatas on period instruments, with violinist Abigail Karr.