Kreutzer Connection

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

A thread of intrigue connects the dramatic works on this fascinating program. A shocking Tolstoy novella is vividly captured in Janácek’s quartet, and the cause of the story’s mayhem — Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata — concludes the evening. Kreutzer’s beguiling Caprice, and highly-charged works by Beethoven and Prokofiev, complete this concert’s thrilling, theatrical profile.

Beethoven | Quartet in F minor for Strings, Op. 95, “Serioso” (1810-11)
Prokofiev | Sarcasms, Five Pieces for Piano, Op. 17 (1912-14)
Janácek | Quartet No. 1 for Strings, “The Kreutzer Sonata” (1923)
Kreutzer | Caprice No. 35 in E-flat major for Violin (1796)
Beethoven | Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano, Op. 47, “Kreutzer” (1802-03)

Juho Pohjonen, piano; Angelo Xiang Yu, violin
Calidore String Quartet – Ryan Meehan, Jeffrey Myers, violin; Jeremy Berry, viola; Estelle Choi, cello

Pre-performance talk on The Kreutzer Sonata 
by Miriam Tripaldi, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Chicago  
Department of Music | Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures 

Leo Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata is one of the few examples of literary works inspired by musical ones. Years later, Tolstoy’s 1889 novella inspired Leo Janá?ek’s String Quartet No.1, one of the featured works on this evening’s program. What does Janá?ek’s “Kreutzer Sonata” have in common with Tolstoy’s story? And does the string quartet have any relation to Beethoven’s original Op. 47 Violin Sonata, known as the “Kreutzer” sonata? 

Explore possible answers to an intricate puzzle that has fascinated both scholars and music aficionados in a free talk by musicologist Miriam Tripaldi. Reserve your space HERE.

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