The Golden Prime – Schumann, Adès, Brahms

Delve into Schumann’s golden late period that embodies recognizable features found also in the great late style of Beethoven. Explore his late motivic economy, brevity and concision in parallel with the recent work of contemporary composer, Thomas Adès who remarks about his detailed craft as ‘the building I have made’, ‘analysing every letter’ and Brahms’ organic unity (itself inspired by Schumann) within his late preoccupation for the potential of sonata form.

9 Nov 2018 Friday 8pm

T. Adès Variations for Blanca for solo piano (2015)
Brahms Violin Sonata Op. 78 in G major (1878-79)
- Intermission -
Schumann Violin Sonata No. 3 in a minor (1853)
Schumann Piano Trio n. 1 in d minor op. 63 (1847)

10 Nov 2018 Saturday 8pm

Schumann 3 Romances for oboe and piano Op. 94 transcribed for cello and piano (1849)
Schumann Violin Sonata in d minor op. 121 (1851)
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T. Adès Mazurkas for solo piano Op. 27 (2009)
Schumann 5 pieces in Folk Style Op. 102 (1849)
Brahms Piano Trio n. 3 Op. 101 in c minor (1886)

Via a visit to Schumann’s rarely heard 3rd Violin Sonata in a minor, written just months before his productivity was cut short by the final stages of his mental illness; the most recent solo piano works of T. Adès; and Brahms’ c minor Piano Trio, the last he wrote before the announcement of his retirement from composition 3 years later; walk the golden periods of the creative lives of Schumann, Adès and Brahms with us.


11 Nov 2018 Sunday
Concerts for Children

3pm for ages 0-6 ‘Dance’
Composers often have a fascination for tradition and for dance.
Join us as we journey through the history of a Polish folk dance from 19th century Chopin to 21st century Adès; and then make a detour to peek into Schumann and Brahms’ take on Folk style and Hungarian tunes.

5pm for ages 6-12 ‘Song’
A few days after receiving a letter from Clara Schumann mourning the death of her son Felix, Brahms sent her the complete manuscript of his Violin Sonata in G major, which final movement borrows famously from his ‘Rain Songs’ Op. 59.
Discover this poetic musical gift, which may have been Brahms’ way of providing a delicate uplift to Clara Schumann, his beloved friend.

“Many may perhaps understand better how to speak of it, but no one can experience it more than I.”
“I don’t believe that one person perceives that melody as blissfully and melancholically as I.”

– Clara Schumann in reference to Brahms’ Violin Sonata in G major Op. 78 and the ‘Rain Songs’ alluded to in its final movement