There can be no doubt that over the long history of Art Music and music composition, there have been several composers that, because of their music, compositional techniques, and pioneering efforts, have stood head and shoulders above all of the rest. We may debate (to great lengths) the issues over who may be the greatest, but for tonight’s concert, we focus on three Masters: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, and Johannes Brahms. Mozart, a noted and gifted composer and performer, was the wunderkind of the mid to late 1700’s Austria and composed across a number of forms — Symphony, Opera, Concerti, Motets, and Masses. Schubert practically devised the template for the German art song known as lieder. Brahms was a noted pianist and built upon the efforts of Schubert’s German lieder, doing much to preserve German folk songs through the German Art Song template. We may not agree over who is the best, but we all can agree that these three — Mozart, Schubert, and Brahms — are three composers we would include at the top of the best of all time and we would be correct in bestowing upon them the title of Master. Audience members are encouraged to bring their scores and sing along.
This project funded in part through an Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County Project Support Grant.