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Oxford May Music: In Memoriam

Sunday May 5, 2019 at 20:00
St John the Evangelist Church, Oxford
£23/£18; free for young people aged 8-25
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  1. Sonata for violin and piano No 21 in E minor K 304 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  2. Piano Trio in G minor Op 15 - Bedrich Smetana
  3. Da pacem Domine - Arvo Pärt
  4. Blue Ginger, for clarinet and piano quartet - Paul Dean
  5. Trio for horn, violin and piano in E flat Op 40 - Johannes Brahms

The theme for tonight’s concert is grief and the consolations that music provides to assuage it. Mozart’s only violin sonata in a minor key was written during his stay in Paris, where his mother, who had accompanied him, died. Smetana composed his piano trio in response to the death from scarlet fever of his eldest daughter at the age of four. 'Da pacem, Domine','“Give peace, oh Lord', was Pärt’s response to the Madrid train bombings of 2004. 'Blue ginger' was written last year in memory of Paul Dean’s father. Brahms was deeply moved by the death of his mother in 1865. The Horn Trio, as most likely his great German Requiem, was a response to that loss.

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