Archive Program I

Who: Kneisel Quartet
When: January 28, 1910
Where: The Schubert Club (St. Paul, MN)
What: Mozart, Gliere, Franck, Servais, and Schubert

Friends of Dvořák, the Kneisel Quartet was a strong proponent of new music and living composers, and they premiered Dvorak’s “American” quartet and his quintet. True to form, during their 25th anniversary season the Kneisel offered this program featuring contemporary composers of the time. Although the Quartet’s name comes from first violinist Franz Kneisel, most of the Quartet’s concert programs featured a solo cello section performed by cellist Alwin Schroeder and which is evident in the Servais “Fantasie sur deux Airs Russes,” Op. 13.

Mozart: Quartet in B-flat major, K. 458
Gliere: Quartet in A major, Op. 2; III. Andante con variazioni
Franck: String Quartet in D major; II. Scherzo: Vivace
Servais: "Fantasie sur deux Airs Russes" Op 13
Schubert: Quartet in D minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden”


Kneisel Quartet

The first professional touring American string quartet, the Kneisel Quartet was formed alongside the Boston Symphony by the principal members in 1885. The Kneisel established the first annual chamber music series in New York City, gave the American premiere of Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, and established the Kneisel Hall summer festival in Maine. 


The Schubert Club

Established in 1882, The Schubert Club was one of the first arts organizations in America and it continues to present some of the world’s greatest artists in St. Paul, Minnesota, every season. The Miró Quartet appears regularly on The Schubert Club’s “Music in the Park” Series.


Listen to an interview with Barry Kempton, Artistic & Executive Director of The Schubert Club: