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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Cancelled: Jörg Widmann, Clarinet
Tabea Zimmermann, Viola
Dénes Várjon, Piano

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 7:30 PM Zankel Hall
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Jörg Widmann by Marco Borggreve, Tabea Zimmermann by Marco Borggreve, Dénes Várjon by Pilvax Studio
Schumann’s lyrical fairy stories and fantasy pieces set the tone for this program of colorful tales and wild flights of fancy. They’re joined by Jörg Widmann’s Es war einmal (Once Upon a Time), an invigorating take on the fairy tale that cleverly flirts with quotations from Schumann while subversively (in the best way) turning convention on its ear. While not a fairy tale, Mozart’s gorgeous trio has a story too—the legend is that it was composed during a game of skittles.

Part of: Jörg Widmann

Performers

Jörg Widmann, Clarinet
Tabea Zimmermann, Viola
Dénes Várjon, Piano

Program

SCHUMANN Märchenerzählungen

SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

JÖRG WIDMANN Es war einmal...Fünf Stücke im Märchenton for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano

SCHUMANN Märchenbilder

MOZART Trio for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano in E-flat Major, K. 498, "Kegelstatt"

Jörg Widmann: Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair

THE ANNUAL ARTHUR ZANKEL TRIBUTE CONCERT [In Playbill ONLY, listed above the Artist’s name. Credit also to appear on its own tribute page in Playbill facing the program page.)


The programming of Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall is supported by major endowment gifts from the Estate of Arthur Zankel and the Zankel Charitable Lead Trust. [In Playbill ONLY. To appear at the bottom of program page.]

Jörg Widmann is the holder of the 2019–2020 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall.

In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.

At a Glance

SCHUMANN  Märchenerzählungen, Op. 132

Schumann embodied the spirit of the Romantic era in his small-scale musical forms and lyrical utterances, his reliance on literary and other extra-musical sources of inspiration, and—above all—the value he placed on emotional freedom and spontaneity. All three factors are in play in the four “narrations” that comprise his fantasy-like Märchenerzählungen for clarinet, viola, and piano.

 

SCHUMANN  Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

The Fantasiestücke (Fantasy Pieces) were part of an outpouring of instrumental miniatures and other “minor” works that Schumann intended in large part for amateur music makers. The three short pieces are unified in both tempo and character, being predominantly fast-paced and charged with youthful Sturm und Drang.

 

JÖRG WIDMANN  Es war einmal … Fünf Stücke im Märchenton for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano

Inspired by Schumann’s fantasy-like instrumental miniatures, Jörg Widmann’s Es war einmal … uses innovative, “extended” instrumental techniques to conjure a fantastical, fairy tale atmosphere. “Fata Morgana” refers to the fairy-sorceress of medieval lore. The titles of the other four movements translate as “Once upon a time …,” “The Ice Cave,” “On Maids and Princes,” and “And they all lived happily ever after …”

 

SCHUMANN  Märchenbilder, Op. 113

These four, short “fairy tale pictures” for viola and piano mine a rich vein of lyricism and caprice. They were originally called Violageschichten, or “viola tales,” as if the instrument itself were the protagonist of these musical fairy tales.

 

MOZART  Trio for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano in E-flat Major, K. 498, “Kegelstatt”

Whether or not Mozart actually wrote this sweet-tempered piano trio between turns at bowling ninepins (hence the German nickname “Kegelstatt”), the fresh, frolicking character of the music conveys an irresistible spirit of playfulness. His decision to open the work with a slow movement was as unconventional as its instrumentation for clarinet, viola, and piano.

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