Brahms & The Schumanns

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM

The Morgan Library & Museum, Gilder Lehrman Hall
225 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Brahms & The Schumanns

Romanticism itself couldn’t have written a better drama: Brahms, Clara Schumann, and Robert Schumann as the closest friends and confidants; Robert declaring Brahms the heir of Beethoven, making him famous, before ending up in a mental asylum; Brahms and Clara flirting with love. In this program, two works by Brahms and two by the Schumanns conjure the composers’ entangled relationships. The “Scherzo” from the Sonatensatz in C Minor was Brahms’ contribution to a fascinating creation—a collaborative musical gift written for the violinist Joseph Joachim—that also featured movements by Robert Schumann and Albert Hermann Dietrich. In Robert Schumann’s Piano Trio No.1, the most revered by the composer, pathos reigns from the start. Clara Schumann’s sumptuous Romances for Violin are among the last pieces she wrote—charming and inventive. And in Brahms’ Horn Trio, Op.40, a theme dating from the year of his first encounter with the Schumanns finds sumptuous form.

A pre-concert discussion, led by Deborah L. Cabaniss, M.D. (Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University) and Thomas Cabaniss (composer and faculty member, The Juilliard School), will explore the composers’ intricate, psychologically-charged relationship.

BRAHMS Sonatensatz in C Minor
R. SCHUMANN Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 63
C. SCHUMANN Three Romances for Violin and Piano, Op. 22
BRAHMS Horn Trio, Op. 40

St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble
Pedja Muzijevic, piano