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Haydn & Schoenberg
Fall Chamber Series Concludes

Sunday, November 8, 2009 4:00 pm

John and Rose Mary Harbison

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On November 8, 2009, Emmanuel Music, led by Acting Artistic Director John Harbison and Associate Conductor Michael Beattie, presents its third chamber concert in a season featuring the music of Franz Joseph Haydn and Arnold Schoenberg.  This concert, titled Lovesongs, features pieces that Haydn wrote for the young woman he loved deeply after many years of an unhappy marriage. Schoenberg’s love songs, written after he learned of his wife’s infidelity, express the emotions of a tortured lover.

The three featured piano trios of Haydn express a range of emotion and musical colors, from the strange repetitive patterns and rhythmic insistences that open No. 40 in F# minor to the fleeting No. 38 in D Major with its limpid, understated, and touchingly direct communication to the beloved. No. 39 in G Major is, of all the later Haydn trios, the one most fit to charm, please and impress -- not bad attributes for a mature suitor closing a twenty-five year age gap.

Schoenberg’s Op. 14 Songs date from the crucial transitional moment when Schoenberg truly becomes himself, extending tonality to the point that it becomes a new language.  In the spectacular, atmospheric Herzgewächse this new language has found appropriate worlds of form and color, making possible extremes of dramatic compression.  The Schoenberg Phantasy, one of his last pieces, begins and ends with bold gestures, but intersperses the intensity with brief dance sequences.   In his last pieces Schoenberg returns often in sonority and pacing to his pre-twelve tone pieces; thus the three works that we present on this program will ‘refer’ to each other in surprising ways.

The performers include some of Emmanuel Music’s best known musicians, joined by famed composers John Harbison on piano and Yehudi Wyner on celeste and piano.



  • Haydn: Piano Trio No. 40 in F# minor

  • Schoenberg: Herzgewächse, Op. 20

  • Haydn: Piano Trio No. 38 in D Major

  • Schoenberg: Two Songs, Op. 14

  • Haydn: Piano Trio No. 39 in G Major

  • Schoenberg: Phantasy for Violin with Piano Accompaniment, Op. 47

Featured Musicians:

Michael Beattie, piano
John Harbison, piano
Rose Mary Harbison, violin
Emily Hindrichs, soprano
Franziska Huhn, harp
Thea Lobo, mezzo-soprano
David Russell, cello
Peter Sykes, harmonium
Yehudi Wyner, celesta & piano

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Emmanuel Music programs are supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Boston Cultural Council.

Emmanuel Music is the ensemble-in-residence at Emmanuel Church.

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