Fulton Street Chamber Players: Haydn And Beethoven

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Fulton Street Chamber Players, a new ensemble composed primarily of Seattle Symphony musicians, return to Folio for a program of Haydn and Beethoven string quartets. Performers will be Jeannie Yablonsky and Blayne Barnes, violin; Rachel Swerdlow, viola; and Walter Gray, cello. Barnes plays regularly with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera; the other players are members of Seattle Symphony. As with the two performances in their inaugural season last spring, the musicians will perform in the round, recreating the experience of chamber music when it was performed in an informal atmosphere at home concerts.

Haydn is the undisputed master and creator of the string quartet, and his String Quartet in D Major, Opus 20 #4 will open the program. The op. 20 quartets are his first mature string quartets. They are full of inventive compositional techniques and contain more equal distribution of melodic material than his previous works. It is no surprise that Mozart dedicated six of his quartets to Haydn.

The Beethoven op. 18 quartets are the crowning achievement of his first period. The String Quartet in A Major, Opus 18 #5 will be the second work on the program. Virtually all of his early works are chamber music, including five string trios (one of which the group played last year at Folio), Interestingly, the suggestion for a quartet was first made to Beethoven in 1795 by Count Apponyi, the dedicatee of Haydn’s quartets Op.71 and 74. The Haydn and Beethoven quartets are each distinguished by lovely slow movements.

Tickets: $20 at the door
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By: Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum

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