Piano Quartet in E Flat op. 87: Lento by Antonin Dvořák

Composition:
Piano Quartet in E Flat op. 87: Lento by Antonin Dvořák

Performers:
Craig Combs, piano; Jeffrey Thurston, violin; Aron Rider, cello; and C Catherine Amoury, viola

Concert:
2019 February CMOC Concert in the East Gallery

Program Note:
In Dvořák’s Lento movement of this beloved quartet, he gives the cello a knock out solo. The mix of the cello melody with the piano accompaniment descending from high to low creates a conceptual metaphor of heaven. He keeps the soul rising ever higher in the later section where he employs counterpoint and harmonic motion to compliment the melodic arch.