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LOVE AND LONGING: SONGS AND CHAMBER MUSIC OF JOHANNES BRAHMS AND FLORENCE PRICE
August 14 @ 4:00 pm| $30 – $45
Reginald Mobley, alto
Tekla Cunningham, violin and viola
Henry Lebedinsky, piano
Sheila Weidendorf, piano
Sonata in E flat for viola and piano (arr. Violin), Op. 120
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Intermezzi, Op. 119 Brahms
Florence Price (1887-1953)
Adoration for violin and piano
Two songs for alto, viola, piano, Op. 91
Towards the end of his life Brahms met Richard Mühlfeld and became entranced with the sound of the clarinet. This meeting led Brahms to write the sonata in Eb for clarinet and piano. He reworked both the Eflat and the F major sonatas for viola and for violin, with adjustments in both the piano and string parts. These sonatas were Brahms’ last chamber music compositions. Florence Price was a Black American composer whose work was the focus of Agave Ensemble’s recent GRAMMY nominated album “American Originals”. Her work synthesizes her academic training in European art music with American vernacular and frequently incorporates hymns and spirituals.