WCHOF Composer Series: Dvorák’s “American”

Watch as we present chamber music for strings by Czech composer, Antonin Dvorák, including his beloved “American Quartet.” Composed while living in America during the late 1800s, Dvorák’s String Quartet No 12 was inspired by the rich tapestry of American folk music, African American spirituals, and Native American songs that so captivated him. In this work, as well as his famous New World Symphony, Dvorák captures the beauty of the great Western Expanse, unbridled American optimism, and diversity of cultural expression that are the hallmark of this nation. The opening program will be a delightful work from the old world that Dvorák wrote before his travels to America. Intended to be played by the composer and two of his good friends, the Terzetto for 2 Violins and Viola is a remarkably deep and virtuosic composition that is beloved by audiences around the world.

This live-streamed concert performance will feature members of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra: Andrea Jarrett & Erin Schreiber, violins; Michael Casimir, viola; Bjorn Ranheim, cello.

Terzetto in C Major, Op. 74 for 2 Violins & Viola

I. Introduzione: Allegro ma non troppo

II. Larghetto

III. Scherzo: Vivace - Trio: Poco meno mosso

IV. Tema con Variazioni

String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96 "American" 

I. Allegro ma non troppo

II. Lento

III. Molto vivace

IV. Finale: vivace ma non troppo

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Learn about upcoming performances and watch previous concerts here.

Monday, Jun 7 - 7:00 pm