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Gerald Carpenter: Music Club plays Mozart, Beethoven and Emma Lou Diemer | Culture & Leisure

Well, the Santa Barbara Music Club is back in force with its wonderful free concerts. The next one will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 at First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St.

Members of the Music Club who will perform include dueling pianists Tachell Gerbert & Bradley Gregory, who will perform ‘Sonata for four-handed keyboard in B-flat major, K. 358/186c’ (1774) and ‘By the Sea (2022) by Wolfgang Mozart. “, written for them by Emma Lou Diemer; as well as the cellist Virginia Kron and the pianist Betty Oberacker (long-time colleague, friend and sometimes dedicatee of Emma Lou), who will deliver their (undoubtedly) brilliant interpretation of the ” Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 3 in A major, Op. 69″ by Ludwig Beethoven. (1808).

Admission, as noted above, is free.

As I look forward to hearing all three works, I have long devoted myself to Beethoven’s sonata, particularly its rondo-like scherzo, as bearing some measure of what I call the “mystery of Beethoven”.

By this sentence I am not speaking of the religious mysteries, but only of certain passages—the second theme of the first movement of the concerto “The Emperor”; the last movement of the piano sonata “Tempest”; “Für Elise”, the “Alla danza tedesca” from the Thirteenth String Quartet, etc. — in which the composer seems to follow a private happiness through the labyrinth of his dreams.

This music sits uneasily with the public Beethoven of thunderous celebrations of Liberty or harsh quasi-baroque formal explorations. In these passages he is delicate, hesitant, nimble, haunting, making me think I have it all wrong.

– Gerald Carpenter covers the arts as a Noozhawk Contributing Writer. He can be reached at [email protected] The opinions expressed are his own.

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