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Schubert’s Octet

Chamber Music with the LA Phil

Tue / Apr 2, 2024 - 8:00PM

Schubert, Francaix, and Dring combine for light-hearted sounds of musical fun and games


About this Performance

Schubert idolized Beethoven. His Octet was modeled after the instrumentation and layout of Beethoven’s Septet (plus an extra violin), stamping a near-identical fingerprint of exuberant ambition. The Octet ranges in drama from the heart-rending winds and agitated strings to the full ensemble’s jubilance sprinkled throughout the hour-long work.

Françaix’s shorter and sweeter Quartet strays from the atonal music of his 20th-century composer peers, running free with similar amusing and unproblematic harmonies on a ragtime escapade. Madeline Dring, a musician-actor-mime-cartoonist all-star, also had a certain rhythmic humor and melodic sensibility about her work. Equally mischievous and brilliant, Op. 74 exhibits a happy-go-lucky conversation between oboe, flute, and piano.

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