brahms with friends new and old

Last Thursday, at an unspeakably early hour, I headed to the Portland airport to fly to Laramie, Wyoming. I was headed there to reunite with my University of Maryland graduate string quartet colleagues ( John Fadial and Jeffrey Multer, violins and Beth Vanderborgh, cellist) to play Brahms’ G major String Sextet with them, UW viola faculty Jim Przygocki, and renowned cellist Lynn Harrell. It was a fantastic trip for many reasons, but chief among them were getting to see my old friends for the first time in 30 years (!) and to get to play with such a legendary artist as Lynn Harrell.

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night, transfigured

I’ve been doing a bit of research in preparation for my upcoming performance of Arnold Schoenberg’s remarkable string sextet Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), and found that the wonderful resource imslp.org has a scan of the original manuscript from the Library of Congress. Totally geeking out!

First page of Verklärte Nacht manuscript. Click to enlarge.
First page of Verklärte Nacht manuscript. Click to enlarge.