Future Imperfect: Brahms and the Passage of Time

Mon, 03/15/2021

This series counterpoints Brahms’s early and late pianism by way of the two versions of the Op. 8 Piano Trio (from 1854 and 1889, respectively) using the recent gift to the Center of an 1857 Viennese-action J. B. Streicher piano. The project places the mid-century pianos of J. B. Streicher—a maker who is often associated with Brahms—in dialogue with other instruments from the collection that together provide a picture of piano development witnessed by Brahms throughout his lifetime. The programs will be bookended by performances of the two trios by Roger Moseley (Associate Professor of Music) and Miri Yampolsky (Senior Lecturer in Piano) in collaboration with musicians from, and beyond, Cornell. Moseley’s 2007 article, “Reforming Johannes: Brahms, Kreisler Junior, and the Piano Trio in B, Op. 8,” will form the intellectual framework for the project, as will guest-speaker Jacquelyn Sholes’s (University of Rochester) scholarship on the same work. More details coming soon.

With support from the Central New York Humanities Corridor, from an award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

J. B. Streicher piano