The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra presents 3 & One to kick off the 2012-2013 season. Under the brilliant direction of Maestro Heiichiro Ohyama, the orchestra will perform three divertimentos and one grosse fuge. Divertimento in Italian means "to amuse." It is a musical genre, with most of its examples from the 18th century. The mood of the divertimento is most often lighthearted (as a result of being played as "after-dinner" music at banquets, outdoor gatherings and other social functions). After 1780, the term generally designated works that were informal or light.
Grosse Fuge in German means "great of grand fugue." A fugue is a compositional technique in which a musical theme, introduced at the beginning, is repeated in different pitches throughout the piece. A massive double fugue, Betthoven's Grosse Fuge is a single-movement composition for string quartet. It was composed in 1825, when Beethoven was completely deaf. The Grosse Fuge is famous for its extreme technical demands and its unrelentingly introspective nature. It is the largest and most difficult of all of Beethoven's string quartet movements. It is considered among Beethoven's greatest achievements.
Mozart – Divertimento No. 1, K. 125a (136) in D Major
IntermissionMozart – Divertimento No. 3, K. 125c (138) in F Major
Bartok – Divertimento for Strings
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