It would not be accurate to characterize the composers featured in this morning's musical selections as members of the LGBTQ+ Community. For one thing, the concept of sexuality as an inherent aspect of identity would not have existed in the 19th-century world of Schubert or Tchaikovsky. For another, the personal solidarity and political activism which have characterized the quest for LGBTQ+ civil rights would not have existed for them. Nevertheless, all of this morning's composers are known to have formed close same-sex relationships and, to one degree or another, to have struggled with the social, professional, or familial consequences of expressing romantic attractions outside the bounds of convention. I leave it to each listener to assess whether or not an LGBTQ+ identity is expressed in their music. The artist-as-outsider trope, though, is hard to escape in contemplating their achievements and contributions. Read on for programming details, and stay tuned for spoken introductions.
Adam Kent, piano
Sonata in Bb Major, Op. Posth.
II. Andante sostenuto
Prelude No. 2 Andante con moto e poco rubato
Sentimental Melody (Slow Dance)
Autumn Song, Op.
37, No. 10
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Mouvements perpetuels, Nos. 1 and 3
Excursions, Op. 20
No. 1 Un poco allegro