July 6, 2018 @ 5:15 am – 7:15 am America/New York Timezone
Chinese Tea House
596 Bellevue Avenue Newport
RI 02840

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The first sunrise concert of the season opens with lilting strains of solo guitar, gently greeting the rising sun with two pieces by English and Scottish composers. Followed by Paganini’s Sonata Concertata, the addition of the violin brings color and depth to the morning in this call-and-response duet. Gracious melodic lines from the violin are answered in gentle, cascading chords from the guitar. This work represents one of the early 19th century composer’s most intimate, relaxed, and delightfully playful compositions.

Haydn’s Quartet for Guitar Op. 2 No. 2, composed in 1804, is bright and rich, filled with lush harmonies. Each instrument shimmers in this beautifully composed quartet, highlighting the masterful writing of Haydn, who was influential in the development of chamber music and often called the “Father of the String Quartet.”

The concert closes with String Trio in F Major Op. 27 No. 2, by Herzogenberg, another 19th century Austrian composer. The opening theme in this trio is bright, graceful, and syncopated, followed by a cheerful second theme that resonates in the viola and cello. A concert sure to enliven and inspire listeners at daybreak on a Friday morning.