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Brahms and Beach

Chamber Music with the LA Phil

Tue / Mar 5, 2024 - 8:00PM

Dramatic and compelling, free but happy. Brahms and Beach produce greatness with piano and strings.


About this Performance

Joseph Joachim, a violinist and close friend of Brahms, lived by the motto, “Frei, aber einsam” (Free, but lonely). When composing the A minor String Quartet, Brahms abbreviated Joachim’s saying with an F-A-E motif, responding with his own F-A-F melodic acronym for “Frei, aber froh” (Free, but happy)—an apt description for this fervent and fulfilling work.

Brahms’ influence seeped into American composer Amy Beach’s chamber music, and most notably in her Piano Quintet. From the introduction’s slow and sinister arpeggios to the intense chromatic race to the finale, Beach’s musical coloring is both Brahms-tinted and uniquely her own.

Come early and enjoy a glass of wine on us to complete the perfect night out.

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