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Happy Birthday to Us! (And Them, Too)

Celebrating the birthdays of Hindemith, Weber and Britten!


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On this week’s episode of Music in the Making, hosts Joshua Zinn and Zoe Miller are celebrating their November birthdays with a few famous composer friends!

Photo of Benjamin Britten, whose birthday is on November 22nd

Music in this episode:

Paul Hindemith – Sonata for Viola and Piano (1919)
Lawrence Wheeler, viola; Sohyoung Park, piano
Moores Opera House

Our first birthday celebration tonight honors Paul Hindemith, who was born on November 16th, 1895. He was the original violinist-turned-violist, because even though he began his career as a violinist, he decided upon his return from the German army that he would return to the Frankfurt Opera Orchestra, but this time as a violist. Written around the same time was his Sonata for Viola and Piano, and some think that this particular piece is the one that convinced him to put the violin down for good.

Carl Maria von Weber – Sonata No. 3 in D Minor (1816)
Clive Swansbourne, piano
Duncan Recital Hall

While Beethoven was writing his piano sonatas, so was Carl Maria von Weber, though these composers were received very differently throughout history. Weber, born on November 18th, 1786, wrote this particular sonata in a style much like Beethoven. However, some say that his style of piano writing foreshadows the future style of Schumann and his contemporaries, while Beethoven’s does not.

Benjamin Britten – Four Sea Interludes (1945)
Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra; Larry Rachleff, conductor
Stude Concert Hall

Last on the program, we celebrate Benjamin Britten, born on November 22nd, 1913. While many classical music aficionados know of Britten’s opera Peter Grimes, they may not know of his Four Sea Interludes, a concert work taken from the scene changes in the opera. Unlike most scene changes, Britten’s carry emotional depth and character development, turning this small collection of music into a remarkable concert work.

This episode originally aired Sunday, November 8th, 2015. Catch Music in the Making every Sunday at 7:06 PM on Classical 91.7.