Schumann String Quartet
Schumann String Quartet

Mendelssohn's Sorrow

Sunday, February 26, 5:00 PM at Alice Tully Hall


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The height of our joys may be measured by the depth of our sorrows, and this final Winter Festival program visits extremes of the human experience. The darkness of Bach’s fugue is brightened in one by Mendelssohn; Schumann’s emotional piano trio is contrasted by the serenity of his Arabesque. But life’s thick clouds have often brought forth music of agonizing beauty: In his moving final string quartet, Mendelssohn openly grieves over the passing of his beloved sister.


  • Bach Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor for Keyboard, BWV 903 (before 1723)
  • Mendelssohn Fugue in E-flat major for String Quartet, Op. 81, No. 4 (1827)
  • Mendelssohn Quartet in F minor for Strings, Op. 80 (1847)
  • Schumann Arabesque in C major for Piano, Op. 18 (1838-39)
  • Schumann Trio No. 1 D minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 63 (1847)