Events: April 18, 2021

Debussy and Dvorak

Sunday, Apr 18, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM - English

  • Debussy Piano Trio in G major (1880)
  • Dvorak Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90 (Dumky) (1891)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) was a French composer. He is sometimes seen as the first Impressionist composer, although he vigorously rejected the term. He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Piano Trio in G major was written by an 18-year-old Claude Debussy in 1880 in Fiesole, Italy, where he resided at Nadezhda von Meck's. Most of the work was thought to be lost until 1982, when it was discovered from the legacy of Maurice Dumesnil, a pupil of Debussy's. The first edition was published in 1986.

Antonín Dvorak (1841-1904) was a Czech composer, one of the first to achieve worldwide recognition. Following the Romantic-era nationalist example of his predecessor Smetana, Dvorak frequently employed rhythms and other aspects of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia. Dvorak's own style has been described as "the fullest recreation of a national idiom with that of the symphonic tradition, absorbing folk influences and finding effective ways of using them.” The Piano Trio No. 4 is among the composer's best-known works. At the same time it is a prominent example for a piece of chamber music deviating strongly from the customary form of classical chamber music both in terms of the number of movements and of their formal construction.


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