Quartet Archive Program II
Who: Flonzaley Quartet
When: April 7, 1929
Where: Coleman Chamber Music Association (Pasadena, CA)
What: Mozart, BLoch, Smetana, and encores
Mozart: Quartet in D major, K. 575
Bloch: String Quartet No. 1
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.
After an intense year of rehearsal, the Quartet undertook a European tour and won high praise for the perfection of its ensemble and its artistic finish. In the autumn of 1904, the Flonzaley was first heard in New York in private and at charity concerts followed by its public debut in December 1905. The Flonzaley went on to appear regularly in Europe and America and became one of the most sought-after and praised ensembles of its time. The members stuck to the original principle of not accepting any outside engagement, and having no pupils, and by devoting themselves entirely to the quartet, maintained a position of acknowledged superiority in the field.
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.