Amy Hess and Paul Hauer

Amy Hess, viola

Paul Hauer, piano

October 21, 2020

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

David Schwan, host

Today’s concert will be streamed at 4:00 p.m.


Franz Schubert – Arpeggione Sonata D. 821 (23′)

I. Allegro moderato

II. Adagio

III. Allegretto

Rebecca Clarke – Two Songs (4′)

Shy One

The Cloths of Heaven

Ralph Vaughan Williams – Six Studies in English Folk-Song (8′)

I. Adagio

II. Andante sostenuto

III. Larghetto

IV. Lento

V. Andante tranquillo

VI. Allegro vivace

Amy Hess is a member of the viola sections of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Grant Park Orchestra. She was formerly principal viola of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and a member of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the Chicago Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic, and Music of the Baroque. Amy has recently performed the Stamitz viola concerto with Sinfonietta DuPage and collaborated in concert with bassist Edgar Meyer as part of the Salida Aspen Concert Series in Colorado. She also was part of the Chicago premiere of Joel Puckett’s string quartet concerto Short Stories with the Northwestern Bienen School of Music’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and performed the solo viola role in Richard Strauss’ Don Quixote with cellist Joseph Johnson and the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra.

Amy received her Master’s of Music in viola from Northwestern University and is a Phi Beta Kappa alumna of Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, where she earned degrees in French and violin. While at Oberlin, she spent a semester in Paris, studying violin with David Rivière of the CNSM and musicology at the Sorbonne. Her interest in French music continued with a collaboration with Ravel scholar Sigrun Heinzelmann on a presentation at the Music Theory Midwest Conference and several lectures at Oberlin. Amy’s principal teachers and mentors have included Karen Ritscher, Roland Vamos, David Bowlin, and Addison Teng, but it all began thanks to her mother, a Suzuki violin teacher in Lancaster, PA.

Paul Hauer enjoys a diverse career as a violinist in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and freelance accompanist. His piano studies began with Charlene Reitz, and later at the Lawrence Academy of Music with Catherine Walby, Carol Leybourn, and Kyung-Ran Kim. While pursuing his violin performance degrees at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music and Indiana University, he accompanied the studies of Mimi Zweig and Brenda Brenner, and accompanied Alex Kerr in concert. He is currently the accompanist for Addison Teng at the Music Institute of Chicago. In addition, international tours with the Teng Studio have taken him to Italy, San Marino, Greece, and the Philippines.

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Arpeggione Sonata D. 821 (1824) 

Franz Schubert’s Sonata for arpeggione and piano was written in 1824 and dedicated to Vincenz Schuster, virtuoso of this newly-invented instrument best described as a bowed guitar. Although the arpeggione was only in vogue for a scant 50 years, the sonata lives on in posthumous transcriptions for viola, cello, and others. Schubert’s skill as a Lieder composer is evident throughout the sonata. The first movement opens with a heartfelt A minor melody before brightening into a jovial second theme. The second movement sings a soulful love song in E major before flowing seamlessly into the third movement, a rondo with hints of Hungarian and Viennese dance.

Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)

Two Songs (1920) 

These two songs by Rebecca Clarke from 1912, “Shy One” and “The Cloths of Heaven,” were both dedicated to tenor Gervase Elwes. Clarke was in her mid-twenties at the time and making her living as a violist in the Queen’s Hall Orchestra. In both songs, she uses texts by William Butler Yeats.

Ralph Vaughan Williams


Six Studies in English Folk-Song (1926) 

Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Six Studies in English Folk-Song” (1926) take their source material from English folk melodies that the composer collected during his ethnomusicological travels through Britain in the early 20th century: Lovely on the Water, Spurn Point, Van Diemen’s Land, She Borrowed Some of her Mother’s Gold, The Lady and the Dragoon, and As I walked Over London Bridge. Vaughan Williams’ settings are not exact transcriptions, though, and his instructions to the performer are to treat each of the songs ‘with love.’ Originally written for the cellist May Mukle (who also toured with Rebecca Clarke in an all-female piano quartet), Vaughan Williams transcribed his own versions for several other instruments, including viola.


Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are made possible through the generosity of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and the Union League Club of Chicago.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in partnership with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and 98.7 WFMT

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Wednesday October 28, 12:15pm

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