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February 13, 2017

February 11, 2017’s concert by the Amernet string quartet was truly exceptional. The Bartok#3, the Romance and the D minor quartet by Dvořák were remarkably played, and I will not comment on them further and let the critics speak.

I would like to comment briefly on the transcription of the Appassionata by Jeffery Briggs. This piano sonata is a monumental work of Beethoven’s middle or heroic period....

November 18, 2016

Patrons of chamber music societies all prefer that the repertory played for the concerts should be balanced.  Agreed, but in what way?  Classic versus modern?  Strings versus winds?  Diatonic versus twelve tone?  Contemporary versus all else?

And what about genres in ensemble?  Piano-based versus instrumental?  Instrumental sonata with piano?  Piano and string trios, quartets, q...

November 5, 2016

Ah, where to begin about this upcoming concert?  First, we are lucky to get the world-renowned professional string ensemble Arianna Quartet performing for us.  Second, their ranks will be enhanced by the extra viola of none other than Richard Young, himself one of the most experienced chamber musicians available (again, we are incredibly lucky to have Richard as a CMSFW regular).  Third, and this...

September 18, 2016

We had the privilege of listening to two special performances this week by the Fort Worth chamber music society . I thought i would write my impressions about them.

At the concert at the Beth-el Temple chapel we heard a well chosen program with combination of melodies of the classical repertoire and some more popular American-Jewish themes.

The inspired , elegant and intense performances of Gary...

September 6, 2016

As we prepare for our October 19 concert in a local brewery, I thought it’d be fun to try and connect some dots regarding our cheeky concert theme: Beer, Beards, and Beethoven.


Good beer is making a comeback. Beer, in the general (watered down) Bud Light sense, has always done well in this country. I once interviewed a director at Brewer’s Association who said beer sales in the United States av...

July 13, 2016

I’ll have to admit even most music history experts might not know about Marco Scacchi.  (Sca-chee).  He was born near Rome in 1600, and was a trained violinist who wanted to be a composer.  His teacher, Giovanni Francesco Anerio, was hired as master of music for the King of Poland, in Warsaw, so Marco went along for some more composition lessons.  The crown prince Wladislaw was a fan of Italian op...

June 30, 2016

The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth (CMSFW) is now selling season tickets, and I’m personally excited by the lineup of concerts.  The homepage ( has the dates and players involved in all the concerts, and there are links from each that tell you what music will be performed by those musicians.

I intend to go to them all, but am particularly psyched by the first con...

June 22, 2016

I am aware of the rumblings about the purported weakness of this finale. As I am in firm disagreement with that position it is difficult to build the argument for its inadequacy. Perhaps it is a certain lack of gravitas, asymmetrical textural treatment of the strings in conjunction with the piano that rubs the critics the wrong way. Or the stupendous structure of the other movements, paying homage...

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