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SCHUMANN Piano Quartet in E ﬂat Op.47
SCHUBERT Octet in F D803
Tonight’s concert supports the Women of Steel fundraising campaign.
In their ﬁrst performance of the season, Ensemble 360 play two outstanding works of the Romantic repertoire.
Written in 1842, Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E ﬂat is an invigorating work displaying great subtlety and reﬁnement. Its musical structure is inﬂuenced by Beethoven but with passages of sprightliness reminiscent of much of Mendelssohn’s music. Schubert’s Octet of 1824 also owes much to Beethoven, having been commissioned by Count Ferdinand von Troyer as a piece to complement the latter composer’s Septet. By adding a second violin, Schubert created a largely spontaneous, congenial work, with hints of moroseness in common with his other chamber pieces of this period.
Find out more about the Women of Steel campaign.
The Women of Steel Statue Appeal is raising £150,000 for a permanent celebration of the achievements of the women who kept the steel mills rolling when their men were away at the front during two world wars. The surviving women, now in their nineties, have one last wish: to be recognised with a statue outside Sheﬃeld City Hall, where they went to tea dances during WWII.
The appeal caught the city’s imagination and reawakened a spirit of community. More than £100,000 has been raised in less than six months. Now, less than £14,000 is needed. Acclaimed sculptor Martin Jennings is working on the statue, which it is hoped will also become an inspiration to generations of women to come.
This concert is one of three featuring local musicians who are making their contribution by donating proceeds to the Appeal. The others are a folk concert in Sheﬃeld Cathedral on 26 November and a pop concert which sold out Sheﬃeld City Hall last November.
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