Youthful Romance

Saint John String Quartet, featuring young Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet Op. 12

February 24, 2018
Moncton: Place Resurgo Place, 7:30pm

February 25, 2018
Saint John Arts Centre, 2pm

March 1, 2018
Fredericton: STU, McCain Hall, 7:30pm

SJSQ   Youthful Romance
Featuring young Mendelssohn’s String Quartet Op.12
Mozart                                           String Quartet in G Major K387
Glick                                               Wedding Suite for String Quartet (1978)
Mendelssohn                                String Quartet in E flat Major Op. 12



The String Quartet No. 14 in G major, K. 387, nicknamed the “Spring” quartet, was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1782 while in Vienna. In the composer’s inscription on the title page of the autograph score is stated: “li 31 di decembre 1782 in vienna”.The work was perhaps edited in 1783. This is the first of the Haydn Quartets, a set of six string quartets he wrote during his first few years in Vienna in honor of the composer Joseph Haydn, who is generally viewed as the father of the string quartet form.


Glick, Srul Irving
Srul Irving (b Israel) Glick. Composer, radio producer, conductor, teacher, b Toronto 8 Sep 1934, d Toronto 17 Apr 2002; B MUS (Toronto) 1955, M MUS (Toronto), honorary FRCCO (1993). His father, David (b Kishinev, Russia, 15 Apr 1898, d Toronto 29 Jan 1991), emigrated to Canada and settled in Toronto in 1924 and was a cantor in several of that city’s synagogues; his brother Norman (b Toronto 1 Jan 1928) has been active as a professional clarinetist. Both the cantorial music of his father and the classical repertoire played by his brother had a significant influence on Glick’s later development as a composer. Glick studied composition at the University of Toronto, for two summers in the 1950s with Milhaud in Aspen, and 1959-60 with Louis Saguer and Max Deutsch in Paris. From 1962 to 1986 he was a CBC radio music producer, responsible for the premieres of many Canadian compositions on such programs as ‘Music Alive,’ ‘Themes and Variations,’ ‘CBC Tuesday Night,’ and ‘Music Toronto.’ He was the producer for over 150 CBC recordings, including a Juno Awardwinner and several which received the Canadian Music Council’sGrand prix du disque. Glick taught theory and composition 1963-9 at the RCMT, and 1985-6 at York University. In 1969 he became conductor of the choir at Beth Tikvah Synagogue, Toronto (which recorded the privately distributed LP Music from the Jewish Liturgy); in 1978 he became the choir’s composer-in-residence. He wrote liturgical music and Yiddish folk song arrangements for the choir and toured with it in Canada, Israel, and the USA. He also conducted the Chamber Players of Toronto for a recording of his Suite Hebraïque No. 2 and Gathering In.

The String Quartet No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 12, was composed by Felix Mendelssohn in 1829, completed in London on September 14 (though begun in Berlin) and possibly dedicated to Betty Pistor, a neighbor and the daughter of a Berlin astronomer.[1][2]]
Like all of Mendelssohn’s string quartets, this work has four movements:
1. Adagio non troppo – Allegro non tardante
2. Canzonetta: Allegretto in G minor
3. Andante espressivo
4. Molto allegro e vivace