Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quintet for Clarinet
and String Quartet, A Major, K581 (1789)
Johannes Brahms: Quintet for Clarinet
and String Quartet, b minor, Opus 115 (1891)
Franz Schubert: Quartettsatz, D 703 (1820)
Post-Concert reception for ticket holds, and the
annual orchestra raffle pull.
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The New Hollywood String Quartet
Presbyterian Covenant Church
6323 W 80th St
Los Angeles CA 90045
At the Corner of Sepulveda Blvd, and 80th Street,
Westchester, a mile north of LAX.
Limited parking at the church,
and along 80th Street and Alverstone Avenue.
Across from the YMCA.
New Hollywood String Quartet
The New Hollywood String Quartet had its debut concert in
Los Angeles on Jan. 9, 2001 and has been performing to
critical acclaim ever since. Inspired by the great Hollywood
String Quartet from over half a century ago, the current
members of the NHSQ are likewise premiere performers of
their generation. Individually, and together as one of the
top string quartets in Southern California, they are well
known guests at many of the most prestigious concert
series in Los Angeles and its environs.
It’s members reside in Los Angeles and have recorded
hundreds of film scores, are members of the Los Angeles
Chamber Orchestra and have decades of chamber music
experience between them. The NHSQ was also recently
featured on the Grammy Nominated Disc, “Passing
Through” performing Gernot Wolfgang’s “String Theory” for
In their 12th year as the Quartet in Residence at the
Restoration Concert Series, the NHSQ is proud to launch
their inaugural summer festival, this year entitled “Summer
of Brahms Chamber Music Festival”. This first festival will
present all twenty-five of the instrumental chamber works of
Johannes Brahms in collaboration with some of the
world’s most renowned chamber musicians. Each
subsequent summer will focus on a different composer.
Our 2020Festivalwill celebrate the
250th Birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven. So stay tuned!
A Tale of Two Clarinet Quintets
When they wrote their Clarinet Quintets
Mozart andBrahms were close to the end of
their lives, but thecircumstances and life
experiences each lived at thetime of their
writing these two masterworks are very,
Mozart was in the throes of a downward
spiral. He needed money. His source of
income through concertizing had, by
and large, dried up. A trip to Berlin,
Dresden and Potsdam, and an unscheduled
and unaccounted for side-trip to Leipzig
did not result in the hoped for rewards of
cash and commissions.
Mozart needed to compose new works for
sources of income, and to find refuge and
dampen his life’s despair, whose emotions
were lurking just below the surface, with
upward pressure increasing daily. The
quintet was composed in 1789, and he was
dead by 1791.
Brahms, on the other hand, was in a very
different situation. He was very famous.
Money was not an issue, and despite a piano
technique suffering rust from lack of
practice, he could command large sums of
money for his concerts which alway
attracted large audiences. He was closing
his composing career, or so he thought.
There was an announcement of his
retirement at age fifty-seven. Then he heard
the clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld, and his
retirement plans did not fit. Mühlfeld’s
playing stirred Brahms, and he came out of
retirement to write a number of works for
clarinet. His Clarinet Quintet was composed
in 1891, and his life ended in 1897, but his
closing years were without the stresses
which had pressured Mozart.
It is very interesting that Mozart, in a dark
place, composes his Clarinet Quintet in the
bright and airy A Major, but Brahms,
accomplished, financially secure and in a life
of routine and low stress composes his
Clarinet Quintet in the nostalgic, and
reflective b minor.
Though Brahms’ work is in a minor key,
there is an overall affirmation of life,
however autumnal andreflective.