The concert I will be attending is on December 3rd, at NYU in Steinhardt Hall at 4:30. There will be works performed by three composers, Max Reger, Zoltan Kodaly, and Ludwig von Beethoven. The pieces performed will be Reger’s Serenade for two violins and a viola, Op. 141a, and Kodaly’s Serenade Op. 12, and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 3 Op. 18. I chose to focus on Max Reger and Ludwig von Beethoven, as their pieces will be longer, the Kodaly piece is listed as only one movement long. What I found interesting about these Beethoven and Reger, is how Reger came significantly after the Classical era, being born in 1873, almost 50 years after Beethoven’s death. Despite this, Reger drew heavy inspiration from Beethoven’s work, and focused a great deal on chamber music. This will affect me because I will try to hear similarities in form between their works and end up comparing them, to try and hear exactly where Reger drew his influences from. Another thing that I found interesting is that Reger’s Op. 141a was originally composed for a violin, viola, and flute, and has been recomposed in this performance for two violins and a viola. This will significantly change the sound of the piece, and I look forward to hearing it performed differently. I believe that this is done to try to link the performance to the other two composers further, as Beethoven’s piece is for a string quartet, and the re-composition is for a string trio, which makes the pieces sound even more similar. Reger’s piece is mildly unusual for its time period because it closely follows the classical tradition, despite being composed in the late Romantic era. Reger as a composer is also unusual, because he was not known for symphonies or other large scale works which were the most popular works at the time. As mentioned previously, Reger was focused on chamber music and Lieder.
Williamson, John. “Max Reger.” Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press, accessed December 2, 2017. http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/23064?q=max reger&search=quick&pos=1&_start=1#firsthit.