Three internationally renowned string players — violinist Jacob Ashworth, cellist Matthew Sharp, and violist David Yang — join violinist and UMBC professor of music Airi Yoshioka to present an evening of much beloved repertoire by Hungarian composers Zoltán Kodály and Béla Bartók. Both Bartók and Kodály were voraciously engaged in ethnomusicological expeditions, collecting folk songs from village to village. Quartet No. 2 by Bartók, written during World War I, represents an outward expression of his isolated struggles during the war while incorporating nationalistic elements. Likewise, the Duo for Violin and Cello by Kodály is a masterful amalgamation of folk elements and traditional European musical form, with featured virtuosity from both the violin and cello. Joseph Haydn’s richly dark String Quartet, Op. 20, No. 5, was written during the composer’s residency at the Eszterháza palace in Hungary.
Béla Bartók — String Quartet No. 2
Zoltán Kodály — Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7
Joseph Haydn — String Quartet, Op. 20, No. 5, Hoboken No. III:35
The Hungarian ConnectionSunday, February 26, 2017 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM