We are very happy to be headed back under the Brooklyn Bridge for a real meat-and-potatoes show at Bargemusic. Having completed our survey of the complete string quartets of Arnold Schoenberg this season, we arrive with two of the choicest selections from those epic programs.
Modeled on Schubert's Rosamunde, the String Quartet No. 3 finds Schoenberg deep in the design phase of his 12-tone system and at the same time, the music resembles Mozart and Beethoven even more enticingly in its counterpoint and melodic contours. Speaking of influences, one can't mention this notorious breaker of tonality without name-checking perhaps his most cherished compositional hero, Johannes Brahms. Back when Brahms was too progressive for the traditionalists, and too traditional for the progressives, Schoenberg held him up as the pinnacle of harmony, more revolutionary than even Wagner. Brahms's stormy–and widely adored–first string quartet closes our time out on the water in Brooklyn.
Arnold Schoenberg: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 30
Johannes Brahms: String Quartet No. 1 in C-minor Op. 51 No. 1