Morita String Quartet at MLH

Mount Lavinia Hotel will present an eminent classical music highlight on 20th October 2011 in the Empire Ballroom, when the renowned “Morita String Quartet” lead by Mr Masahiro Morita will take the stage to offer a night of unforgettable music, where passion comes to play……….
Given below is the snap shot of the programme line up for the evening.

●Joseph Haydn: String Quartet No. 62 “Emperor” in C-Major Op.76 No.3 
I. Allegro
II. Poco adagio; cantabile
III. Minuetto. Allegro
IV. Finale. Presto
Haydn’s string quartet No. 62 in C major, also known as Op. 76, no. 3, is one of the six quartets composed in 1796 – 1797, which were dedicated to Hungarian Count Joseph Erdödy. It has the nickname “Emperor”, because in the second movement, Haydn quotes the melody from Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser (“God Save Emperor Francis”), an anthem he wrote for Emperor Francis II. This same melody is known today for its later use in the German national anthem, Deutschlandlied.
●Antonín Dvořák:  String Quartet No.12 “America” in F-Major Op. 96
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Lento
III. Molto vivace
IV. Finale : vivace ma non troppo
Dvořák composed this famous Quartet, often nicknamed as “America”, in 1893 during a summer retreat from his teaching post in New York. He spent his vacation in the hamlet of Spillville, Iowa, which was home to a Czech immigrant community. The quartet was written around the same time as the New World Symphony, the crowning masterpiece of Dvořák’s years in the US. The spirited third movement imitates the rhapsodic song of an American bird, and in the final movement, the composition strongly suggests the presence of a railway or train.
●Lalanath de Silva:  Piano Quintet “Tablesque” [World Première]
‘Tablesque’, a composition by Sri Lankan composer De Silva, was originally written for string orchestra based on “tabla” rhythms in 2000. The work was transcribed and further developed for this concert, to be the first Sri Lankan composition for the piano quintet repertoire. Mr. De Silva said, “If you listen carefully to a tablist or local drummer there is a kind of “melody” to her rhythms. Here you will not see a Tablist, but you will here tabla rhythms and melodies.

●Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat Major Op.44
I. Allegro brillante
II. In modo d’una marcia. Un poco largamente
II. Scherzo: Molto vivace
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet was written in just a few weeks in September and October 1842, during his “Chamber Music Year.” Clara Schumann, the composer’s wife and a noted pianist, premiered the work in 1843, at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. R.Schumann was one of the first significant composers to pair the piano with the string quartet. This work established the quintet for piano and string quartet as a major Romantic genre.

The tour of Morita String Quartet of Japan is sponsored by The Sri Lankan Air Lines (Ltd), Toyota Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.. The coordinator of this musical event is “Music Funs”.

Make a note in your diaries for 20th October, 7.30pm onwards, Empire Ballroom Mount Lavinia Hotel. The evening will truly be delightful for classical music enthusiast. Tickets are available at the BMICH, Mount Lavinia Hotel and Barefoot. Don’t miss this one of a kind one off concert.

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