Yesterday it was announced that the plan for the first concert in the ninth season of the New Esterházy Quartet has been disrupted by an injury to violist Anthony Martin’s wrist that prevent him from playing. The title of the program will still be Padre, Guida, ed Amico! (father, helper, and friend); and the content will still focus on the music of Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. However, each selection will be performed by a trio of violin (Lisa Weiss), viola (Kati Kyme), and cello (William Skeen). These three musicians considered trying to find a replacement for Martin. However, because this was conceived of a program about the friendship and collegial relationship between Mozart in Haydn in eighteenth-century Vienna, the performers decided that it would be more suitable to honor their own friend and colleague with a “get well” concert.
During the second half of the program, each composer will be represented by a divertimento for string trio. Haydn’s Hoboken XI/101 in C major will be followed by Mozart’s K. 563 in E-flat major. The first half of the program will be devoted to arrangements for string trio prepared by composer, pianist, and publisher Johann André. Operating out of Offenbach am Main, André established good relations with Haydn in Vienna. This led to his publishing a string trio arrangement of the Hoboken XVI/41 sonata for solo piano in B-flat major. That will be the opening selection of the performance.
This will be followed by a string trio arrangement of Mozart’s K. 454 violin sonata in B-flat major. This was probably prepared after André’s son, Johann Anton André, acquired Mozart’s musical estate from his widow Constanze. Most likely the arrangement was prepared and published by the younger André. Thus, the father and helper relationships of the program title now acquire an additional meaning through the father-and-son publishing team of the André family. (For the record the business was continued by Johann Anton’s son, Johann August André, and his grandsons, Karl André and Adolf André.)
The scheduling of the concert itself will not be changed. It will still take place this Saturday, October 31, at 4 p.m. The venue will still be St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, located at 1111 O’Farrell Street, just west of the intersection with Franklin Street. Tickets are $25 for general admission and a $5 discount for seniors, the disabled, and members of the San Francisco Early Music Society. Tickets for students with valid identification are available for $10. Tickets may be purchased in advance online from a Brown Paper Tickets event page.