Quartet Archive Program II
Who: Flonzaley Quartet
When: April 7, 1929
Where: Coleman Chamber Music Association (Pasadena, CA)
What: Mozart, BLoch, Smetana, and encores
At the cutting edge of programming in the early twentieth century, the Flonzaley Quartet was known for their educational and university concert programming as well as programming crossover or popular music alongside core classics. A hallmark of the Flonzaley’s programs was a relatively short printed program followed by numerous encores that were often popular tunes that the Quartet’s second violinist arranged for the ensemble. As in the program we’re recreating, the printed program will include the first three pieces and we will surprise the audience with the three encores from the stage.
Mozart: Quartet in D major, K. 575
Bloch: String Quartet No. 1; III. Pastorale
Smetana: Quartet No. 1 in E minor, "From My Life"
Traditional (arr. Pochon): Deep River
Traditional (arr. Pochon): Irish Cradle Song
The Flonzaley Quartet was the brainchild of Edward J. de Coppet of New York. De Coppet was a millionaire who, in 1903, hired four leading musicians to devote themselves entirely to quartet playing — to perform privately for his household and not with any view to giving regular concerts in public. The group took its name – Flonzaley – from de Coppet's summer villa near Lausanne, in Switzerland, where the four musicians first rehearsed.
Coleman Chamber Music Association
Founded in 1904 by Alice Coleman (later Alice Coleman Batchelder), the Coleman Chamber Music Association is one of the oldest organizations in the United States dedicated to the presentation, understanding, and enjoyment of chamber music.
Local chamber musicians performed early concerts in private homes, moving to the Pasadena Playhouse in 1927, and began to feature ensembles from throughout the United States and Europe. In continuous operation for more than 100 years, Coleman has been presenting chamber ensembles as well as staging one of America’s most important competitions for emerging ensembles, the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, beginning in 1947.