In the 2017-2018 season, the Miami String Quartet continues its focus on Mendelssohn, offering two of his quartets, and Bruce Adolphe’s extraordinary and moving “Whispers of Mortality,” which was written for and premiered by the Miami String Quartet, returns to repertory. In addition to works of Haydn and Beethoven, the quartet also turns its eye to Czech music, including not only a perennial favorite by Smetana, but all three mature works for string quartet by Erwin Schulhoff.

The Miami String Quartet is also very pleased to announce a touring collaboration with pianist André-Michel Schub. Mr. Schub and the Miami have concertized together many dozens of times over the years throughout the United States.

 

Program 1

 

1. Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 (1810)

2. Erwin Schulhoff: Five Pieces for String Quartet (1923)
    — OR — Erwin Schulhoff: String Quartet No. 1 (1924)

    —Intermission—

3. Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor “From My Life” (1876)

 

Program 2

 

1. Haydn: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5 (1772)

2. Bruce Adolphe: String Quartet No. 4 “Whispers of Mortality” (1992)

    — OR — Erwin Schulhoff: String Quartet No. 1 (1924)

    —Intermission—                              

3. Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Op. 44, No. 2 (1837)

 

Program 3

 

1. Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 (1810)

    — OR — Erwin Schulhoff: String Quartet No. 1 (1924)

2. Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor “From My Life” (1876)

    — OR — Erwin Schulhoff: String Quartet No. 1 (1924)

    —Intermission—                              

3. Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80 (1847)

 

Special Program: Erwin Schulhoff Celebrated

Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942) was encouraged as a 10-year old by Dvořák, and studied throughout Europe, with composers ranging from Reger to Debussy. He won the coveted Mendelssohn prize both as a pianist (1913) and a composer (1918). But he was a Jew, a Communist, and experimented with the avant-garde, and thus with the rise of the Nazis, he was doomed. He died of tuberculosis in the Wülzburg concentration camp.

 

Over the course of three years, Schulhoff composed three masterworks for string quartet. In that period he also composed a duo for violin and cello – dedicated to Janáček.

 

1. Erwin Schulhoff: Duo for Violin & Cello (1925)

2. Erwin Schulhoff: String Quartet No. 1 (1924)

    —Intermission—                              

3. Erwin Schulhoff: String Quartet No. 2 (1925)

4. Erwin Schulhoff: Five Pieces for String Quartet (1923)
   

Collaboration with André-Michel Schub

 

One work with piano:
1. Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 (1810)
2. Erwin Schulhoff: String Quartet No. 2 (1925)
    —Intermission—                              

3. Brahms: Quintet for Piano & Strings in F minor, Op. 34 (1864)
    — OR — Brahms: Quartet No. 1 for Piano & Strings in G minor, Op. 25 (1856-61)

  
Two works with piano:
1. Erwin Schulhoff: Five Pieces for String Quartet (1923)
2. Brahms: Quartet No. 1 for Piano & Strings in G minor, Op. 25 (1856-61)
    —Intermission—
3. Brahms: Quintet for Piano & Strings in F minor, Op. 34 (1864)