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Chamber Music

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THE SPENCER DYKE STRING
QUARTET:
Spencer Dyke (violin) ; Tate Gilder (violin) ; Bernard Shore (viola) ;
Cedric Sharpe (violoncello)
JOHN ARMSTRONG (tenor)
The key of C minor seems to have appealed to Brahms whenever he wanted to express tragic emotions. Outstanding works "of this character are : the Piano Quartet in C minor, the Piano Trio in C minor, the Symphony No. 1 in C minor, and the String Quartet in C minor.
While still adhering to the classical design of sonata form, Brahms's treatment is much fuller and freer, and, with the exception of the third movement, the thematic material is closely related throughout, since it is for the most part derived from the first theme of the first movement. This initial theme, like so many of Brahms's tunes, is based on the notes of the common chord (C minor). Surging upwards on the first violin, it immediately defines the tense and stormy mood of the whole movement.
The second movement is in the form of a deeply expressive ' Romance ', with a quiet middle section of unsurpassed poignancy and sonorous beauty. The music here is particularly striking for its richness of colouring and originality of rhythm. The third movement is a rather slow and flowing Scherzo, full of fancy and quaint simplicity, especially in the charming trio section. The mood of the first movement more or less dominates the Finale, the chief theme of which will be recognised as a peculiar amalgam of me initial theme of the first movement and that of the ' Romance '.

Contributors

Violin: Spencer Dyke
Violin: Tate Gilder
Violin: Bernard Shore
Viola: Cedric Sharpe
Tenor: John Armstrong

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