Music: Sun Feb 14

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day in the world of classical music without a nod to Robert and Clara Schumann, the passionate musical couple whose love inspired some of the greatest piano music of the 19th century. Writing to Clara of his Kreisleriana, Op. 16, Robert had this to say: “Iʼm overflowing with music and beautiful melodies now – imagine, since my last letter I've finished another whole notebook of new pieces. I intend to call it Kreisleriana. You and one of your ideas play the main role in it, and I want to dedicate it to you – yes, to you and nobody else – and then you will smile so sweetly when you discover yourself in it.”

That he dedicated Kreisleriana to Frederic Chopin may have been a matter of professional expediency...

This morning’s Musical Meditation takes the form of a wedding gift from the Catalan composer Xavier Montsalvatge to the favorite pianist of my childhood, Alicia de Larrocha. The title Divagación was intended as a caution to Alicia not to stray too far from her path as a pianist as a married woman.

Elsewhere, the CUUC Choir Quartet brings us a virtual performance of “’Tis You That Are the Music.” Read on for programming details, and stay tuned for spoken introductions.

Gathering Music: Adam Kent, piano
Kreisleriana, Op. 16
           1. Ausserst bewegt
           2. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch
                                                Robert Schumann

Anthem: CUUC Choir Quartet, directed by Lisa N. Meyer and accompanied by Georgianna Pappas
           “ʼTis You That Are The Music”
                                               Cynthia Gray

Musical Meditation:
                                               Xavier Montsalvatge

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