Saturday, 11 May 2019, 4 p.m., Holzer Hall (Holzersaal)
A Competition Among Friends
String quartets by Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756 – 1791) and Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809) on period instruments and performed in the manner of the era by prize-winning newcomers on the Early Music scene.
It happened on January 15, 1785. Or perhaps on February 12, one doesn’t quite know. What we do know, in any case, is that on one of these evenings in Vienna in Mozart’s house, his Eb Major Quartet was heard for the first time. It was played by Father Leopold on the first violin and Mozart himself on the second violin. Among the listeners: no lesser figure than Mozart’s close friend Joseph Haydn.
If only we could have been there to experience how the composer himself brought his score to life! What could have gone through Haydn’s head? Was he confused? Amazed? Envious of an idea or two? Or did he laugh with contentment into his fist, because his ideas had been so carefully studied and so brilliantly developed by Mozart.
Haydn’s last quartet cycle – over 20 years after Mozart’s death – was left unfinished. The two movements of the last string quartet became known as Opus 103, and although only fragmentary, they are of unbelievable intensity.
The JOOOYO Quartet seeks to make the exciting newness of these works palpable on their historical instruments and through their great lust for discovery. Hopefully, it will seem to both players and public at the end of the evening that they were actually present in Vienna in Mozart’s house on the evening of January 15, 1785. Or perhaps on February 12…
Translated from the German by Lucy Hallman Russell and Ray Carson Russell.
Jonas Zschenderlein, violin
Joosten Ellée, violin
Yoko Tanaka-Zschenderlein, alto
Johannes Berger, violoncello
The concert will be with concert break.
Kath. Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
* pupils, students