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TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015 8PM Pre-concert lecture by Beth Sussman, 7pm Segerstrom center for the arts Renée and henry Segerstrom concert hall

RAY CHEN, VIOLIN JULIO ELIZALDE, PIANO Rondo Brillant in B minor, D. 895 Op. 70

Franz SchuBeRt

Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 100 in a major

Johannes BRahmS



SCHUBERT: Rondo BRillanT in B MinoR foR Violin and Piano, d.895

allegro amabile andante tranquillo; Vivace allegretto grazioso (quasi andante)

- INteRmISSION Fratres for violin and piano

arvo PäRt (b. 1935)

Divertimento from Igor StRaVINSky Le baiser de la fée (The Fairy's Kiss) (1882-1971) Sinfonia Danses suisses Scherzo Pas de Deux: adagio, Variation, and coda



maurice RaVeL (1875-1937)

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The Philharmonic Society gratefully acknowledges the Isidore C. and Penny W. Myers Foundation Endowment Fund/ Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County for generously sponsoring the evening’s performance.

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Schubert composed the Rondo brillant in B minor for Violin and Piano in October 1826, and it was published the following year, one of his few works to appear in print during his lifetime. Schubert wrote this music for the Bohemian violinist Josef Slavik and pianist Karl von Bocklet, who were active in promoting Schubert’s music during the final years of his all-too-brief life. Schubert played both violin and piano, so the graceful and idiomatic writing for the two instruments here is no surprise, but the unusual feature of this music is its difficulty. Perhaps the knowledge that he was writing for virtuoso players encouraged Schubert to compose very demanding music, and one of the early reviewers in Vienna noted, “Both the pianoforte and the fiddle require a practiced artist, who must be prepared for passages which have not by any means attained to their right of citizenship by endless use, but betoken a succession of new and inspired ideas.” The music’s publisher also recognized its difficulty: Schubert had himself called it only Rondo, but the publisher added the adjective brillant. The Rondo brillant is in two parts: a slow introduction followed by the animated rondo. The opening Andante alternates the piano’s pounding dotted chords with fiery runs from the violin, and

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