Primary Source Concert: Schubertiade
March 30, 2012
This Primary Source program will feature the music of Franz Schubert, and is an homage to the legendary concerts ("Schubertiades")the composer held at his home for his closest friends. It will include selected songs, the Sonatina for Violin and Piano, D. 408, and the great Piano Quintet in A major – the “Trout,” D. 667, performed by Tanya Blaich, Gabriel Boyers, David Goodchild, Emily Rome, Michal Shein, and Greg Zavracky. First and Early editions of the music to be performed, along with a song edition signed by Schubert himself, will be on display and discussed in a short talk by musicologist Drew Massey at the start of the performance. Primary Source is a new chamber music concert series at the Goethe-Institut in Boston, and has been described as “pure delight” and “spine-tingling” by Lloyd Schwartz of the Boston Phoenix. Each concert is built around rare artifacts or manuscripts or original editions of a particular work or works, supplied by Schubertiade Music, antiquarian music and manuscript dealer based in Boston. Our concerts begin with a short talk by a musicologist about the concert theme and artifacts on display and then the performers will use the original manuscript or editions involved to perform. In every concert, some early printed or manuscript edition or program or ephemera has guided the programming of the work or works to be performed. The series seeks to create a new type of dialogue around great music, placing it in conversation with musical artifacts and their historical contexts. Rare items like the ones on display at these concerts are usually destined for the vaults of libraries and museums. Primary Source performances offer Boston’s listeners a chance to experience music and music history together in an intimate setting.