About Our Concert
Please join Musica Tra Amici in the Art Gallery of the MATCH on December 10, when we will present an evening of a violin and viola duos. I am thrilled to be joined by Houston Symphony associate principal violist, Joan DerHovsepian , to perform three works by Ludwig Spohr, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The most famous of these works, the G major duo of 1783 by Mozart, was written the same year as his symphony number 36 (“Linz”). His friend Michael Haydn had a protracted illness and had only been able to complete four violin and viola duos of the set of six commissioned by the archbishop of Salzburg. Mozart wrote two duos to complete the set as a favor for his friend and this is the first of those.
We will also perform a beautiful duo by Ludwig Spohr, a contemporary of Beethoven, and an underrated composer who was famous in his own lifetime. His music is only more recently regaining the attention it deserves. We will set off these two works with a duo from 1946 by Brazilian modernist Heitor Villa-Lobos, the most important of the South American composers.
I think this will be an intriguing program, with three very different works, showing the skill with which the composers made two string instruments fill out a complete musical texture. Preparing this program with Joan has been special privilege for me, and I am delighted to share this concert with you!