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Music from the German Theater

for String Quartet

String Quartet

Carrie Krause and Davina Clarke, violin

Tawnya Popoff, viola and Sarah Stone, cello

Quartets by Weber, Marschner, and Schubert

7:30 PM -  Monday, January 6, 2020

St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Hamilton, MT

Tickets: $25 at the Door


About the Program

Across the German Confederation and Europe, theater was all the rage, be it spoken or sung. 1820s Germany didn't exist as we know it today; it was the Deutscher Bund, made up of 39 german speaking cosmopolitan states, replacing the Holy Roman Empire. In this cultured environment, Carl Maria von Weber, created a worldly romantic opera, Oberon, or The Elf King's Oath, for Covent Garden in London based on an epic french medieval poem in 1826. Two years later, Der Vampyr, an opera by Heinrich Marschner based on a story of of virgin sacrifice and the supernatural took Leipzig by storm. Schubert wrote incidental music for Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus for Vienna's Theater an der Wien in 1823. Although the play is lost today, the music proved to be so popular that Schubert used themes from it in his thirteenth string quartet the next year. 

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