VIGIL - Houston
7pm | October 12, 2018
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
3816 Bellaire Blvd | map »
String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59/1
Ludwig van Beethoven
The Westheimer String Quartet opens their third season on Oct. 12th in a recital series hosted by the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Bellaire. The concert will be free and open to the public!
The first piece on the program, Dark Vigil, was written in 1999 by living American Composer Kevin Puts. He said this of the work: “Dark Vigil was a reaction to the unrelenting pattern of violence that plagued our country’s elementary and high schools during the year it was written... to represent both a memorial to those whose lives have been cut short by their peers, and a spiritual transcendence by those who are forced to come to terms with the loss of their loved ones.”
The second and final piece on the program is the monumental Opus 59 No. 1 by Beethoven. Written the year after his “Eroica” symphony, which had dawned a new age for the scale of the symphony, he did the same for the string quartet with this work. The quartet was longer in length, more technically demanding, and more musically challenging for the audience than anything written for the medium prior to this point. It marked the dawn of a new age in the string quartet, and is a masterpiece in the literature.