St Peters Presbyterian Church, 234 Blues Point Road, North Sydney, 2060
J. Haydn | String Quartet Op. 20, No. 4 (1772) H. Wolf | Italian Serenade (1887) F. Schubert | String Quartet No. 13, D.804, 'Rosamunde' (1824)
In 1823 Schubert tried his hand once more as an opera composer when he wrote music for a dramatic play by Helmina von Chezy - Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus. The drama has not survived but some of Schubert’s music has and as in other contexts, Schubert refers to his own music in the String Quartet a minor D 804 - also known as the “Rosamunde Quartet”. This Schubertiade welcomes back the youthful and exciting Geist Quartet with a tribute to Schubert’s musical roots and his ambitions in Italian Opera. The program frames Schubert’s a minor quartet through Haydn’s quartet from 1772 and the Italian Serenade by the late 19th century Viennese Lieder composer Hugo Wolf.