History vs. Art History
**How Florentine history sounds to an art historian**:
blah blah blah Medici blah blah Botticelli blah blah art blah blah
sculpture blah Michelangelo
**How Florentine history sounds to historians**:
blah blah coup blah blah blah Medici blah blah uprising blah blah
conditierri blah Julius II blah blah
Lydian Quartet, Slosberg Recital Hall, Brandeis
“Just play the goddamned fugue by itself.”
A two-part program which included:
There was some chatter behind me about the brutality of putting a new piece on the program with one of Beethoven’s best. The consensus was that if it’s going to last as a piece of quartet repertoire it’d have to do that eventually anyway. The quote above is also from them, after the concluding Great Fugue.
Rohde’s Treatises were in the modern style where everything seems short and sharp and harsh, and the instruments appear to be playing at cross-purposes. The effect is disconcerting, which is probably part of the point.
I don’t think I’d ever heard the Beethoven piece either, so both were premieres for me. It’s very nice, and very lyrical. It comes in six movements which on first hearing don’t appear to bear much resemblance to each other. And it concluded with the Great Fugue, which Beethoven’s publisher reacted to originally by making him write something more pedestrian.
A very pleasant evening, and sold out for twenty dollars a ticket on a Saturday night.