Few works of art have cultivated beauty and rationality with such devotion and patience as the compositions on this program. Starting with Schoenberg’s Woodwind Quintet, the first great product of his revolutionary new method that allowed 45 minutes of pristine music to evolve organically out of a single series of 12 pitches in ways that continually inspires a keen listener’s sense of memory and expectation. Two centuries earlier, Bach produced a similar ode to reason in his “Goldberg Variations,” a composition that extracts from the humblest of songs an hour’s worth of kaleidoscopic possibilities, including every manner of canon and counterpoint.
Featuring Seattle Symphony musicians
SCHOENBERG: Woodwind Quintet
J.S. BACH: “Goldberg Variations,” BWV 988 for String Trio
Support for the inaugural season of artistic programming for Octave 9: Raisbeck Music Center is generously provided by the Judith A. Fong Music Directors Fund.