In Memoriam Janet Wells (1928-2018)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

It is with deep sadness that we write with news that Janet Wells passed away on Saturday in the home that she shared with David, her partner in love and music. Janet was always truly herself with all who knew her; a unique mixture of passion and devotion, directness and mischievousness. The life force was so strong in Janet. She reveled in her joys: family, music, and always David; and heartbreak she met with even more heart. All that Janet was will continue to live through the beautifully human legacy that she and David left to all of us in Yellow Barn. It is one that could only have come from them, and one that will always bear the beauty of their spirit.

Janet would have been 90 years old this coming December. Next June there will be a celebration of her life at her and David's beloved barn and home. In the meantime, we share Janet's obituary, composed by her grandchildren, and one of David and Janet's beloved performances.

—Seth Knopp and Catherine Stephan

Janet Elaine Wells (née Rosenthal), was born in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania in 1928, and ended her life peacefully in the presence of family at her beloved home in Putney, Vermont on October 27, 2018. She would tell all who knew her (and many who didn’t) that she spent most of her life in two towns that both began with “P-U” and ended in “N-E-Y”. She shared endless stories of her vibrant, precocious childhood on a Pennsylvania block in post-war America, opening a vivid window into a different time. She began her undergraduate degree at the young age of 16 at Case Western Reserve University, after which she moved to New York and completed her Masters degree at the Teachers College at Columbia University. Janet studied with Isabelle Vengerova and Nadia Reisenberg in New York and would later hold affiliations with the Julius Hartt School of Music, Windham College, and the Brattleboro School of Music. Janet’s life was devoted to her prodigal gift of classical piano, which she excelled in since starting at the age of 5, and her beloved husband, David Wells (1927-2012). Her other loves were based in this union: her two sons, her three grandchildren, her home in Putney, and her slew of cocker spaniels. After moving to Putney in 1968, Janet and David started Yellow Barn in 1969, a source of great joy for them both for many years. Janet was lucky to have cultivated long lasting, deep friendships over several decades in her beloved Putney community, many of whom were able to visit her in the last days and weeks. The legacy of Janet and David Wells lives on through Yellow Barn, their son Dana, their three grandchildren Nikolai, Kira, and Louisa, and the loving memories held by every musician and friend who experienced their magnanimous presence and friendship. The grandchildren would especially like to thank Janet’s friend Rick for his kind help and her amazing caregivers over the last six years: Kim, Mary, Patty, Carolyn, Samantha, Almut and Donna; you all made an enormous impact on her final years. We will be organizing a celebration of Janet’s life in late spring to early Summer 2019 at the Wells’ beloved barn in Putney.

Atamaniuk Funeral Home will be handling the funeral arrangements. To sign an online register book or send messages of e-condolence to the family please visit

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Yellow Barn, PO Box 507 Putney VT 05346

"The Seven Last Words"

Monday, July 30, 2018

On Saturday, August 4th at 12:30pm, Yellow Barn will give a performance of Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ, interspersed with Mark Strand's poems read by Eric Bass. The poetry is printed below. In 2003, The Brentano Quartet commissioned these poems to accompany Haydn's profound work. Of this work and their commission, violinist Mark Steinberg wrote:

The Seven Last Words comprises an introduction, seven slow movements corresponding to the seven words, and a musical depiction of the earthquake following the crucifixion. It exists in several versions: for orchestra, for orchestra and chorus, and for string quartet by Haydn, as well as a reduction for piano which was approved by the composer. Of these, the arrangement for string quartet has a particular purity and intimacy in which the flexibility and subtlety of the string instruments’ sound serves to enhance the vulnerability of the expression. It is a dark and deeply moving work inspiring searching contemplation. Mostly homophonic, with melodic lines supported by simple accompanying figures, the piece explores and reveals within this elemental texture the emotional resonances inherent in the story of the crucifixion. The music is often stark, barren and painful, but always overwhelmingly human. Strength and frailty, grief and acceptance, bewilderment and understanding are all expressed with the greatest economy of means and intensity of gesture. The work serves as a meditation on the gravity of tragedy, as well as on the possibilities of hope and redemption. It is music of great weight as well as great transparency, coupling profound directness of affect with ennobling humility.

In striving to create a performance which was suited to our feelings about the work, as well as to performance outside of a strictly religious venue, we decided to commission poems to be read before each of the slow movements, one poem for each of the Words. Our hope was to find a poet whose work shared certain important aesthetic qualities inherent in the Haydn. The poems were to be secular rather than specifically religious, based on the universal human qualities evident in the story of the crucifixion and in the music. There needed to be a sense of penetrating insight and of deep feeling, setting up a dialogue between word and music. The poetry of Mark Strand shares with the Haydn a surface of relative simplicity betraying underneath a piercing understanding of the human spirit. His is poetry which is quite musical in its cadence, lending itself to well to being read aloud. There is a complete lack of pretense in his poetry, which has the sincerity so immediately apparent in the Haydn. Mark Strand is a beautiful and wise artist, and it has been an immense privilege to collaborate with him and to feel part of the genesis of a rich and affecting set of poems.

—Mark Steinberg

Mark Strand
The Seven Last Words


The story of the end, of the last word
of the end, when told, is a story that never ends.
We tell it and retell it — one word, then another
until it seems that no last word is possible,
that none would be bearable. Thus, when the hero
of the story says to himself, as to someone far away,
‘Forgive them, for they know not what they do,’
we may feel that he is pleading for us, that we are
the secret life of the story and, as long as his plea
is not answered, we shall be spared. So the story
continues. So we continue. And the end, once more,
becomes the next, and the next after that.


There is an island in the dark, a dreamt-of place
where the muttering wind shifts over the white lawns
and riffles the leaves of trees, the high trees
that are streaked with gold and line the walkways there;
and those already arrived are happy to be the silken
remains of something they were but cannot recall;
they move to the sound of stars, which is also imagined,
but who cares about that; the polished columns they see
may be no more than shafts of sunlight, but for those
who live on and on in the radiance of their remains
this is of little importance. There is an island
in the dark and you will be there, I promise you, you
shall be with me in paradise, in the single season of being,
in the place of forever, you shall find yourself. And there
the leaves will turn and never fall, there the wind
will sing and be your voice as if for the first time.


Someday some one will write a story set
in a place called The Skull, and it will tell,
among other things, of a parting between mother
and son, of how she wandered off, of how he vanished
in air. But before that happens, it will describe
how their faces shone with a feeble light and how
the son was moved to say, ‘Woman, look at your son,’
then to a friend nearby, ‘Son, look at your mother.’
At which point the writer will put down his pen
and imagine that while those words were spoken
something else happened, something unusual like
a purpose revealed, a secret exchanged, a truth
to which they, the mother and son, would be bound,
but what it was no one would know. Not even the writer.


These are the days when the sky is filled with
the odor of lilac, when darkness becomes desire,
when there is nothing that does not wish to be born.
These are the days of spring when the fate
of the present is a breezy fullness, when the world’s
great gift for fiction gilds even the dirt we walk on.
On such days we feel we could live forever, yet all
the while we know we cannot. This is the doubleness
in which we dwell. The great master of weather
and everything else, if he wishes, can bring forth  
a dark of a different kind, one hidden by darkness
so deep it cannot be seen. No one escapes.
Not even the man who saved others, and believed
he was the chosen son. When the dark came down
even he cried out, ‘Father, father, why have you
forsaken me?’ But to his words no answer came.


To be thirsty. To say, ‘I thirst.’ To be given,
instead of water, vinegar, and that to be pressed
from a sponge. To close one’s eyes and see the giant
world that is born each time the eyes are closed.
To see one’s death. To see the darkening clouds
as the tragic cloth of a day of mourning. To be the one
mourned. To open the dictionary of the Beyond and discover
what one suspected, that the only word in it
is nothing. To try to open one’s eyes, but not to be
able to. To feel the mouth burn. To feel the sudden
presence of what, again and again, was not said.
To translate it and have it remain unsaid. To know
at last that nothing is more real than nothing.


‘It is finished,’ he said. You could hear him say it,
the words almost a whisper, then not even that,
but an echo so faint it seemed no longer to come
from him, but from elsewhere. This was his moment,
his final moment. “It is finished,” he said into a vastness
that led to an even greater vastness, and yet all of it
within him. He contained it all. That was the miracle,
to be both large and small in the same instant, to be
like us, but more so, then finally to give up the ghost,
which is what happened. And from the storm that swirled
a formal nakedness took shape, the truth of disguise
and the mask of belief were joined forever.


Back down these stairs to the same scene,
to the moon, the stars, the night wind. Hours pass
and only the harp off in the distance and the wind
moving through it. And soon the sun’s gray disk,
darkened by clouds, sailing above. And beyond,
as always, the sea of endless transparence, of utmost
calm, a place of constant beginning that has within it
what no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, what no hand
has touched, what has not arisen in the human heart.
To that place, to the keeper of that place, I commit myself.

Beethoven Sonatas Opus 102

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Yellow Barn is pleased to announce the arrival of faculty member Natasha Brofsky's recording of Beethoven's Opus 102 sonatas for cello and piano, which she recorded with Seth Knopp as part of a long personal journey with these pieces. A glimpse of her musical exploration can be found in her liner notes below.

Beethoven Sonatas Opus 102 is available online and at Yellow Barn summer concerts.

The terrible fire that consumed Count Rasumovsky’s palace in 1814 caused the palace’s famed resident quartet, the Schuppanzigh, to disperse to find new work. As a result, the quartet’s cellist, Joseph Linke, spent the summer of 1815 with Beethoven’s great friend and supporter, the Countess Marie Erdödy, at the Erdödy summer residence at Jedlesee. The Countess, though an invalid, was a fine pianist. As for Linke, he was a superlative performer. According to his obituary, published in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musikin 1837, his musical interpretations could be variously ‘flattering, capricious, passionate and so on, his playing capturing the critical essence of Beethoven’s music’.1No wonder Beethoven was lighthearted and joyful in his letters to the Countess - letters in which he contemplated the prospect of visiting Jedlesee and bringing with him the new sonatas he had just composed.2

Years later, a reviewer for the Berliner Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung1 (1824) would praise these sonatas as a “a work of the newest inspiration of our great master. It is not necessary to say that, like all his works, its originality distinguishes itself not only from all products of other composers, but also, remarkably enough, from his own works. Everywhere the inexhaustible source of his glowing genius pours out, fresh and bright, a new outburst of his feelings, and with each new gift one must admit after repeated hearings not only its beauty, but novelty, as something previously unheard from him and, naturally, from others.”3  

In a gradual process that began with Beethoven’s earliest trios and sonatas, the emancipation of the cello from the left hand of the piano is fully realized in Opus 102, making the cello an independent voice in the musical conversation.

Sonata No.1 in C Major

In the autograph of the opening of the C Major sonata, the word teneramente(tenderly) is written in large letters in Beethoven’s hand.  In the printed score, it is none so prominent, although perhaps it should be; for throughout his life, Beethoven increasingly used descriptive words in his scores.  The reason is implicit, perhaps, in the commentary of Ferdinand Ries, who studied piano with Beethoven: “If I made a mistake in passages or missed notes and leaps which he frequently wanted emphasized he seldom said anything; but if I was faulty in expression, in crescendos, etc., or in the character of the music, he grew angry because, as he said, the former was accidental while the latter disclosed lack of knowledge, feeling, or attentiveness.”4

In the title of the C Major Sonata, Beethoven originally wrote “free sonata,” seemingly conceiving ofthe pieceas unbound by traditional forms.  The words are a reminder that Beethoven was celebrated in his time as a great improviser. As in his Sonata in A MajorOpus 69, he opens the C Major with the cello alone, improvising, as it were, on a C Major scale. The simplicity and inventiveness here are remarkable. The piano joins the cello on the last three notes of this opening phrase with a mini-scale of its own, as if playfully commenting on the cello’s scales while also harmonizing the descending motive. Famously, the motivic material for the entire sonata is derived from this opening phrase. In the Andante sections of the work, the instruments seem to be improvising together with a sense of freedom and timelessness. In contrast, the a minor Allegro vivace movement, which follows the opening Andante, is compact and driving. The Adagio, originally intended to follow without pause, begins with a whimsical cadenza as if the pianist is ruminating on the opening motives of the piece. The cello answers, taking us into a dark and mysterious mood. It is only after a succession of stormy and troubled crescendos that Beethoven gives us the most tender phrase of the piece. Then, like a memory that has been embroidered in its retelling, the opening Andante returns in a more ornamented form.  The final Allegro vivace is a playful, boisterous and virtuosic movement. It provides a vivid example of Beethoven's genius in portraying a huge range of emotion while achieving compositional unity.

Sonata No.2 in D Major

The D Major Sonata has the more standard three-movement form. Like the a minor Allegro vivace of the C Major Sonata, the first movement is not only terse, but also full of dramatic contrasts as well as beautiful lyrical moments. The second movement begins with a soft and sad hymn in minor with a touch of major harmony that brings a glimmer of hope. The music of the middle section of the movement is tender and lovely, made all the more fragile because it is preceded by music that is so unsure and searching. Beethoven returns to an improvisatory quality with the harmonic wanderings at the end of this glorious slow movement.  The famous fugue that is the third movement of this work begins with the playful trading off of a one octave scale. This coy dialogue was added by Beethoven after he completed the whole movement. From this simple scale he creates a fugue subject, and as each voice enters, the fugue becomes a riotous cacophony.The dissonance of this third movement was challenging for Beethoven’s audiences; it still sounds modern, even in the 21stcentury.

This recording represents only a snapshot of our lifelong effort to capture the spirit and essence of Beethoven’s music.  While playing together in the Peabody Trio for nearly two decades, we performed all of the Beethoven Trios. In addition, we played the Cello Sonatas and coached our students on these pieces.  In grappling with these works over many years, we have become increasingly familiar with the medium and ever more obsessive about the ways in which our instruments speak to each other in Beethoven’s music. The instruments sing together, argue, reminisce, shout, and weep. These Sonatas have challenged us to use our utmost imagination in color and expression.  It is this challenge that has inspired us to come back to these pieces over and over, to explore them again and again.

1 Neue Zeitschrift für Musik6 (1837), 130 (21 April) as quoted in Moskovitz, Marc D.; Todd, R. Larry. Beethoven's Cello: Five Revolutionary Sonatas and Their World (Boydell & Brewer Group Ltd. Kindle Edition), Kindle Locations 4521-4522.
2 This sequence of events is detailed in Moskovitz, Marc D.; Todd, R. Larry. Beethoven's Cello: Five Revolutionary Sonatas and Their World
3 Berliner Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung1 (1824), 409– 10 (1 December) as quoted in Moskovitz; Todd. Beethoven's Cello: Five Revolutionary Sonatas and Their World, Kindle Locations 6233-6238.
4 Ries, Ferdinand; Wegeler Franz. Biographische Notizen über Ludwig van Beethoven(Coblenz 1838), p. 94 as quoted in Thayer’s Life of Beethoven, ed. Elliot Forbes, editor(Princeton University Press, 1967), p. 295.

2019 Yellow Barn videos

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Watch performances from Yellow Barn's 2019 Summer Festival in Putney, Vermont.

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Andrew Hamilton (b.1977). O’ROURKE (2013). Lucy Shelton, soprano.—July 5, 2019 | Program Note
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). Concerto in A Major for Piano and String Quintet, K.414 (1782). Peter Frankl, piano; Claire Bourg, Mann-Wen Lo, violins; Katherine Murdock, viola; Coleman Itzkoff, cello; Pete Walsh, double bass—July 5, 2019
Allegro: 0.00'
Andante: 10.36'
Allegretto: 18.22'
Eric Nathan (b.1983). Some Favored Nook (2017). Rachel Schutz, soprano; William Sharp, baritone; Gilbert Kalish, piano—July 5, 2019 | Program Note | Texts
Part I: 0.00'
Part II: 17.22'
Part III: 39.02'

Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Danses sacrée et profane (Sacred and Profane Dances) (1904). Noël Wan, harp; Anny Chen, Zenas Hsu, violins; Rosemary Nelis, viola; Matthew Chen, cello; Pete Walsh, double bass—July 6, 2019

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971). The Rite of Spring (1913). Gilbert Kalish and Sophiko Simsive, piano four-hands—July 6, 2019 | Program Note

Elliott Carter (1908-2012). Saëta (Arrow) from Eight Pieces for Four Timpani (1950). Sam Seyong Um, timpani—July 6, 2019 | Program Note

Anna Thorvaldsdottir (b.1977). Ró (Serenity) (2013). Rosie Gallagher, bass flute; Barret Ham, bass clarinet; Marisa Gupta, piano; Sam Seyong Um, percussion; Mélanie Clapiès, Magdalena Filipczak, violins; Lauren Siess, viola; Sein Lee, cello—July 11, 2019 | Program Note

Simon Bainbridge (b.1952). Four Primo Levi Settings (1996). Lucy Shelton, soprano; Yasmina Spiegelberg, clarinet; Sarah Sung, viola; Pedro Borges, piano—July 11, 2019 | Program Note

Stefan Wolpe (1902-1972). Arrangements of Six Yiddish Songs (1923, 1925). William Sharp, baritone; Emely Phelps, piano—July 11, 2019 | Program Note

Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931). Trio à cordes “Le chimay,” Op. posth. (1915). Yiliang Jiang, violin; Rosemary Nelis, viola; Yoshika Masuda, cello—July 11, 2019 | Program Note

André Previn (1929-2019). Vocalise (1995). Rachel Schutz, soprano; Alexander Kovalev, cello; Marisa Gupta, piano—July 12, 2019

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904). Violin Sonata in F Major, Op.57 (B.106) (1880). Leonard Fu, violin; Peter Frankl, piano—July 12, 2019
Salvatore Sciarrino (b.1947). Tre duetti con l’eco (Three Duets with an Echo) (2006). Rosie Gallagher, flute; Yen-Chen Wu, bassoon; Roger Tapping, viola—July 12, 2019 Program Note

Sándor Veress (1907-1992). Memento (1983). Rosemary Nelis, viola; Pete Walsh, double bass—July 13, 2019 | Program Note

Earl Kim (1920-1998). Where Grief Slumbers (1982). Rachel Schutz, soprano; Noël Wan, harp; Emma Frucht, SoYoung Choi, Magdalena Filipczak, violins; Katherine Murdock, DJ Cheek, violas; Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Yunwen Chen, cellos—July 13, 2019 | Program Note

Tōru Takemitsu (1930-1996). Orion (1984). Aaron Wolff, cello; Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, piano—July 18, 2019 | Program Note

Harrison Birtwistle (b.1934). Crescent Moon over the Irrational (2010). Rosie Gallagher, flute; Yasmina Spiegelberg, clarinet; Noël Wan, harp; Anthony Marwood, SoYoung Choi, violins; Maria Lambros, viola; John Myerscough, cello—July 20, 2019 | Program Note

Stephen Coxe (b.1966). About That Time (2019) Caleb Hudson, trumpet; Pete Walsh, double bass; Seth Knopp, piano; Eduardo Leandro, percussion—July 26, 2019 | Program Note

Jörg Widmann (b.1973). Fieberphantasie (Fever Fantasy) (1999). Sophiko Simsive, piano; Magdalena Filipczak, Tatjana Roos, violins; Sarah Sung, viola; Yoshika Masuda, cello; Barret Ham, clarinets—July 26, 2019 | Program Note

Brett Dean (b.1961). Recollections (2006). Barret Ham, clarinet; Stephen Stirling, French horn; Sam Seyong Um, percussion; Anthony Marwood, violin; Rosemary Nelis, viola; John Myerscough, cello; Pete Walsh, double bass; Marisa Gupta, piano—July 29, 2019 | Program Note

Clara Schumann (1819-1896). Romance in A Minor, Op.21 (1853). Marisa Gupta, piano—July 29, 2019

Brett Dean (b.1961). Equality (2004). Christina Dahl, piano—July 30, 2019

Brett Dean (b.1961). Huntington Eulogy (2001). John Myerscough, cello; Pedro Borges, piano—July 31, 2019 | Program Note

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). Winter Words, Op.52 (1953). Benjamin Butterfield, tenor; Marisa Gupta, piano—July 31, 2019

Brett Dean (b.1961). String Quartet No. 2 “And once I played Ophelia” (2013). Rachel Schutz, soprano; Emma Frucht, Sophia Anna Szokolay, violins; Maren Rothfritz, viola; Coleman Itzkoff, cello—August 1, 2019 | Program Note

Philippe Schoeller (b.1957). Isis II (2001). Yen-Chen Wu, bassoon; Noël Wan, harp—August 2, 2019 | Program Note

Mark Applebaum (b.1967). Control Freak (2015). Benjamin Butterfield, voice; Rosie Gallagher, flute; Mark Hill, oboe; Anny Chen, violin; Matthew Chen, cello; Sophiko Simsive, piano; Sam Seyong Um, percussion—August 2, 2019

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849). Rondo in C Major for Two Pianos, Op. posth. 73 (1828). Alice Chenyang Xu and Pedro Borges, pianos—August 2, 2019 | Program Note

Brett Dean (b.1961). Winter Songs (2000). Benjamin Butterfield, tenor; Rosie Gallagher, flute; Alan Kay, clarinet; Mark Hill, oboe; Yen-Chen Wu, bassoon; Stephen Stirling, French horn—August 3, 2019 | Program Note

John Cage (1912-1992). Dream (1948) (arr. 1974 by Karen Phillips). Sarah Sung, solo viola; Roger Tapping, DJ Cheek, Lauren Siess, Maren Rothfritz, violas—August 3, 2019 | Program Note

2018 Yellow Barn videos

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Watch performances from Yellow Barn's 2018 Summer Festival in Putney, Vermont.

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George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). Concerto Grosso in D Major, Op.6 No.5, HWV 323 (1739). Zenas Hsu, YuEun Kim, Harriet Langley, Magdalena Filipczak, Brian Hong, Leonard Fu, Mélanie Clapiès, violins; Tegen Davidge, Emily Brandenburg, Yitong Guo, violas; Natasha Brofsky, Cristina Basili, cellos; Peter Walsh, double bass; Alice Chenyang Xu, harpsichord—July 6, 2018
Larghetto e staccato: 0'
Allegro: 1.42'
Presto: 3.53'
Largo: 7.36'
Allegro: 9.44'
Menuet. Un Poco larghetto: 12.18'

John Cage (1912-1992). Solo for Voice 15 from Song Books (1970). Lucy Shelton—July 6, 2018 | Program Note

Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016). Ballad for Harp and Strings (1973/1981). Marion Ravot, harp; Violaine Melançon, Leonard Fu, violins; Lauren Siess, viola; Sein Lee, cello; Peter Walsh, double bass—July 7, 2018 | Program Note

Liza Lim (b.1966). Love Letter (2011). Sam Seyoung Um, percussion—July 7, 2018 | Program Note

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911). Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen "Songs of a Wayfarer" (1883-85) (arr. Arnold Schoenberg). Melanie Henley Heyn, soprano; Rosie Gallagher, flute; Yasmina Spiegelberg, clarinet; Emma Frucht, Juliette Roos, violins; Katherine Murdock, viola; Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello; Peter Walsh, double bass; EunAe Lee, piano; Pedro Borges, harmonium; Sam Seyong Um, percussion—July 7, 2018
Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht: 0'
Ging heut morgen übers Feld: 5.38'
Ich hab’ ein glühend Messer: 9.48'
Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz: 13.17'

John Cage (1912-1992). Experiences No. 2 (1948). William Sharp, voice—July 7, 2018
Salvatore Sciarrino (b.1947). Le voci sottovetro, elaborazioni da Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa “Voices under glass, elaborations on music of Carlo Gesualdo of Venosa” (1998): 0'
Hans Abrahamsen (b.1952). Liebeslied (2010): 16.34'
Melanie Henley Heyn, voice; Rosie Gallagher, bass flute; Mark Hill, English horn; Yasmina Spiegelberg, bass clarinet; Mélanie Clapiès, violin; Jesse Morrison, viola; Coleman Itzkoff, cello; 
Sam Seyong Um, percussion; Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, piano—July 12, 2018 | Program Note

Philippe Hersant (b.1948). Usher (2016)
. Marion Ravot, harp; Juliette Roos, Emma Frucht, violins; 
Katherine Murdock, viola; Cristina Basili, cello—July 12, 2018 | Program Note

Stephen Coxe (b.1966). Entretien (2018). Maren Rothfritz, viola; Tomer Gewirtzman, piano—July 12, 2018 | Program Note

Oliver Knussen (1952-2018). Triptych
Autumnal, Op.14 (1977): 0' Eunae Koh, violin; Eunae Lee, piano 
Sonya’s Lullaby, Op.15 (1978): 8.42' Alice Chenyang Xu, piano
Cantata, Op.16 (1977): 16.52' Mark Hill, oboe; Harriet Langley, violin; Tegen Davidge, viola; Annie Jacobs-Perkins, cello—July 13, 2018 | Program Note

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). String Quintet in G Minor, K.516 (1787). Jennifer Liu, Eunae Koh, violins; Katherine Murdock, Lauren Siess, violas; Daniel Hamin Go, cello—July 13, 2018
Allegro: 0'
Menuetto. Allegretto: 8.50'
Adagio ma non troppo: 15.01'
Adagio—Allegro: 23.33'

César Franck (1822-1890). Piano Quintet in F Minor (1879). Peter Frankl, piano; Magdalena Filipczak, Claire Bourg, violins; Nicholas Mann, viola; Yoshika Masuda, cello—July 13, 2018
Molto moderato quasi lento—Allegro: 0'
Lento con molto sentimento: 17.17'
Allegro non troppo ma con fuoco: 28.29'
Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904). Piano Trio in G Minor, Op.26 (1876). Peter Frankl, piano; Violaine Melançon, violin; Edvard Pogossian, cello—July 14, 2018
Allegro moderato: 0'
Largo: 13.06'
Presto—Poco meno mosso: 21'
Finale. Allegro non tanto: 27.20'

Chinary Ung (b.1942). Spiral (1987). Natasha Brofsky, cello; Marisa Gupta, piano; Sam Um, percussion—July 19, 2018 | Program Note

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). String Quartet in F Major (1903). Eunae Koh, Leonard Fu, violins; Maren Rothfritz, viola; Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello—July 19, 2018
Allegro moderato—très doux: 0'
Assez vif—très rythmé: 9.25'
Très lent: 17.24'
Vif et agité: 26.25'

Alexandre Lunsqui (b.1969). Deflectere II (2008). Magdalena Filipczak, violin; Alan Kay, clarinet; Eduardo Leandro, percussion—July 19, 2018 | Program Note
Shulamit Ran (b.1949). Moon Songs, a song cycle in four acts (2011). Lucy Shelton, soprano; Rosie Gallagher, flute/piccolo; Annie Jacobs-Perkins, cello; Alice Chenyang Xu, piano—July 20, 2018 | Program Note
Act I: Creation: 0'
Act II: Li Bai and the Vacant Moon: 6.27'
Entr’acte I: 14.38'
Act III: Star-Crossed: 15.54'
Entr’acte II: Prayer to Pierrot: 19.51'
Act IV: Medley: 20.54'

Béla Bartók (1881-1945). Violin Sonata No.2, Sz.76 (1922). Mélanie Clapiès, violin; Pedro Borges, piano—July 20, 2018
Molto moderato: 0'
Allegretto: 9.08'

György Kurtág (b.1926). 12 Microludes for String Quartet, Op.13 (Hommage à Mihály András) (1977). Donald Weilerstein, Zenas Hsu, violins; Yitong Guo, viola; Edvard Pogossian, cello—July 20, 2018 | Program Note

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). String Quartet No.1 in D Major, Op.25 (1941). Harriet Langley, YuEun Kim, violin; Tegen Davidge, viola; Sein Lee, cello—July 20, 2018
Andante sostenuto—Allegro vivo: 0'
Allegretto con slancio: 10.36'
Andante calmo: 13.56'
Molto vivace: 24.58'

Christopher Rouse (b.1949). Compline (1996). Rosie Gallagher, flute; Yasmina Spiegelberg, clarinet; Marion Ravot, harp; Brian Hong, Juliette Roos, violins; Emily Brandenburg, viola; Daniel Hamin Go, cello—July 21, 2018 | Program Note

Franz Schubert (1797-1828). Fantasie in F Minor, D.940 (1828). Tomer Gewirtzman, Pedro Borges, piano four-hands—July 21, 2018
Allegro molto moderato: 0'
Largo: 5.25'
Allegro vivace: 8.01'
Allegro molto moderato: 13.49'

Alexander Raskatov (b.1953). Monk’s Music, Seven Words by Starets Silouan (In memoriam Mieczyslaw Weinberg) (2005). Leonard Fu, YuEun Kim, violins; Lauren Siess, viola; Natasha Brofsky, cello; William Sharp, baritone—July 21, 2018 | Program Note
I. Adagio: 0'
II. Adagio cantabile: 7.14'
III. Adagio recitando: 16.39'
IV. Adagio chiaro e dolcissimo: 24.58'
V. Adagio affetuoso: 31.29'
VI. Adagio spianato: 39.31'
VII. Adagio molto: 45.10'

Steven Mackey (b.1956). Heavy Light (2001). Steven Mackey, electric guitar; Rosie Gallagher, flute; John Myerscough, cello; Eduardo Leandro, percussion; Pedro Borges, piano—July 28, 2018 | Program Note
Ritual: 3.0'
First Crossing: 14.32'
Psychedelic Sketch: 19.14'
Voices: 23.51'
Second Crossing: 26.10'
Heavy Light: 29.19'

Nicholas Maw (1935-2009). Roman Canticle (Two in the Campagna) (1991). William Sharp, baritone; Rosie Gallagher, flute; Maren Rothfritz, viola; Marion Ravot, harp—July 24, 2018 | Program Note

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Ballade de la reine morte d'aimer “Ballad of the queen who died of love” (1893). Melanie Henley Heyn, soprano; Alice Chenyang Xu, piano—July 24, 2018

Harrison Birtwistle (b.1934). 9 Settings of Lorine Niedecker (1998/2000). Lucy Shelton, soprano; John Myerscough, cello—July 24, 2018 | Program Note

Steven Mackey (b.1956). Ars Moriendi, nine tableaux on the art of dying well (2000). Claire Bourg, Jennifer Liu, violins; Jesse Morrison, viola; Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello—July 24, 2018 | Program Note
1. “Don’t trouble trouble.”: 0'
2. First Lament Fragment: 6.03'
3. “Speak like the people, write like the king.”: 7.14'
4. Second Lament Fragment: 11.24'
5. A Peculiar Spice: 12.58'
6. “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”: 14.39'
7. Third Lament: 18.28'
8. Fibrillation: 25.0'
9. Londonderry Air: 27.55'

Matthew Burtner (b.1971). Coral Attraction (2010). Sam Seyong Um, vibraphone/percussion; Daniel Hamin Go, cello/percussion—July 24, 2018 | Program Note

Steven Mackey (b.1956). Fusion Tune (1994). Edvard Pogossian, cello; Steven Mackey, electric guitar—July 25, 2018 | Composer Bio

François Sarhan (b.1972). Situation No.7 (Imagination) (2008). Eduardo Leandro, Sam Seyong Um, percussion—July 26, 2018 | Program Note

Mauricio Kagel (1931-2008). Exotica (1971/72). Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Coleman Itzkoff, Eduardo Leandro, Yoshika Masuda, Edvard Pogossian, Sarah Rommel—July 26, 2018 | Program Note

roneat, khim, khloy, tro sau, sampho, skor, udu, talking drum, bass djembe, ocarina, didgeridoo, shofar, taso, ching, tamtam, wind gong, Thai gong, temple bell, rainstick

Steven Mackey (b.1956). Four Iconoclastic Episodes (2009). Anthony Marwood, solo violin; Steven Mackey, solo electric guitar; Eunae Koh, Harriet Langley, Jennifer Liu, Brian Hong, Zenas Hsu, YuEun Kim, Claire Bourg, Mélanie Clapiès, Magdalena Filipczak, Leonard Fu, Emma Frucht, violins; Emily Brandenburg, Maren Rothfritz, Yitong Guo, Lauren Siess, violas; Sarah Rommel, Cristina Basili, Daniel Hamin Go, cellos; Pete Walsh, double bass—July 26, 2018 | Program Note
Like an Animal: 0'
Salad Days: 5.27'
Lost in Splendor: 10.10'
Destiny: 15.36'

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). String Quartet in F Major, Op.135 (1826). Zenas Hsu, Claire Bourg, violins; Emily Brandenburg, viola; Annie Jacobs-Perkins, cello—July 26, 2018
Allegretto: 0'
Vivace: 7.09'
Assai lento, contante e tranquillo: 10.52'
Der schwer gefaßte Entschluß. Grave, ma non troppo tratto—Allegro: 18.55'

Mark Applebaum (b.1967). Aphasia (2010). Eduardo Leandro—July 27, 2018 | Program Note

Sofia Gubaidulina (b.1931). Perception, for soprano, baritone, string septet, and tape (1981-83). On texts of Francisco Tanzer and Psalms. Lucy Shelton, soprano; William Sharp, baritone; Harriet Langley, Juliette Roos, violins; Tegen Davidge, Jesse Morrison, violas; Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Cristina Basili, cellos; Peter Walsh, double bass—July 27, 2018 | Program Note
I. Einsicht: 0’
II. Wir: 3.13’
III. Pizzicato I: 8.23’
IV. Dezember: 9.46’
V. Pizzicato II: 12.40’
VI. Begegnung: 13.09’
VII. Am Meer: 15.35’
VIII. Col legno I: 23.11’
IX. Ich: 25.07’
X. Ich und Du: 31.40’
XI. Col legno II: 37.00’
XII. Montys Tod: 37.47’
XIII. Stimmen: 46.42’

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957). Suite, Op.23 (1930). Anthony Marwood, Mélanie Clapiès, violins; John Myerscough, cello; Alice Chenyang Xu, piano left hand—July 27, 2018 
Präludium und Fuge: 0’
Walzer: 10.09’
Groteske: 16.34’
Lied: 27.58’
Rondo. Finale: 32.02’

Steven Mackey (b.1956) On All Fours (1990). Brian Hong, Magdalena Filipczak, violins; Maren Rothfritz, viola; Sarah Rommel, cello—July 27, 2018 | Program Note

Jacob Druckman (1928-1996). Bō (1979). Sam Seyong Um, percussion; Marion Ravot, harp; Alan Kay, bass clarinet; Wonjung Kim, Lucy Shelton, Melanie Henley Heyn, accompanying voices—July 31, 2018 | Program Note

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951). Phantasy, Op.47 (1949). Magdalena Filipczak, violin; Christina Dahl, piano—July 31, 2018 | Program Note

Luciano Berio (1925-2003). O King (1968). Lucy Shelton, soprano; Rosie Gallagher, flute; Alan Kay, clarinet; YuEun Kim, violin; Annie Jacobs-Perkins, cello; Christina Dahl, piano—August 1, 2018 | Program Note

Edison Denisov (1929-1996). Clarinet Quintet (1987). Alan Kay, clarinet; Magdalena Filipczak, Eunae Koh, violins; Emily Brandenburg, viola; Edvard Pogossian, cello—August 1, 2018 | Program Note
I. Agitato: 0’
II. Molto tranquillo: 8.42’
III. Agitato: 14.47’

Leon Kirchner (1919-2009). String Quartet No.4 (2006). Emma Frucht, Zenas Hsu, violins; Lauren Siess, viola; Michael Kannen, cello—August 1, 2018 | Program Note

Luciano Berio (1925-2003). Folk Songs (1964). Lucy Shelton, soprano; Rosie Gallagher, flute; Yasmina Spiegelberg, clarinet; Marion Ravot, harp; Maren Rothfritz, viola; Sein Lee, cello; Sam Seyong Um, percussion—August 1, 2018 | Program Note
1. Black is the color…: 0’
2. I wonder as I wander…: 2.59’
3. Loosin yelav…: 5.08’
4. Roosignolet du bois: 7.57’
5. A la femminisca: 9.24’
6. La donna ideale: 10.45’
7. Ballo: 12.09’
8. Motettu de tristura: 13.51’
9. Malurous qu’o uno fenno: 16.26’
10. Lo fiolaire: 17.28’
11. Azerbaijan Love Song: 20.15’

Elliott Carter (1908-2012). String Quartet No.1 (1951). Mélanie Clapiès, Emma Frucht, violins; Roger Tapping, viola; Coleman Itzkoff, cello—August 2, 2018 | Program Note
I.    (1) Fantasia—Maestoso: 0'
      (2) Allegro Scorrevole
II.   (2) Allegro Scorrevole: 13.46'
      (3) Adagio
      (4) (m.236)
III.  (4) Variations: 27.24'

Viktor Suslin (1942-2012). Grenzübertritt “Crossing Beyond” (1990). Tegen Davidge, viola; Yoshika Masuda, cello; Pete Walsh, double bass—August 3, 2018 | Program Note

Béla Bartók (1881-1945). The Miraculous Mandarin, Op.19, Sz.73 (BB 82) (1925). Alice Chenyang Xu, Christina Dahl, pianos—August 3, 2018 | Program Note

Dieter Ammann (b.1962). A(tenir)tension (2002-03). Rosie Gallagher, flute; Eduardo Leandro, Sam Seyong Um, percussion—August 3, 2018 | Program Note

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op.25 (1861). Pedro Borges, piano; Anthony Marwood, violin; Lauren Siess, viola; Annie Jacobs-Perkins, cello—August 3, 2018
Allegro: 0’
Intermezzo. Allegro, ma non troppo: 13.48’
Andante con moto: 22.01’
Rondo alla Zingarese. Presto: 32.21’

Cathy Berberian (1925-1983). Stripsody (1966). Melanie Henley Heyn, voice—August 4, 2018 (finale) | Program Note

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951). Notturno (1896). Anthony Marwood, Claire Bourg, Mélanie Clapiès, Magdalena Filipczak, Zenas Hsu, Brian Hong, Emma Frucht, Leonard Fu, YuEun Kim, Juliette Roos, Jennifer Liu, violins; Maren Rothfritz, Lauren Siess, Emily Brandenburg, Tegen Davidge, violas; Edvard Pogossian, Cristina Basili, Sein Lee, Sarah Rommel, cellos; Pete Walsh, double bass; Marion Ravot, harp—August 4, 2018 (finale)

Yellow Barn Videos

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Watch festival performances from the Big Barn in Putney, Vermont.

Yellow Barn's Summer Season

Listen to recordings of Yellow Barn festival performances

2019 summer season

Andrew Hamilton O'ROURKE
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Concerto No. 12 in A Major for piano and string quintet, K.414
Eric Nathan Some Favored Nook
Claude Debussy Danses sacrée et profane (Sacred and Profane Dances)
Igor Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
Elliott Carter Saëta (Arrow) from Eight Pieces for Four Timpani
Anna Thorvaldsdottir Ró (Serenity)
Simon Bainbridge Four Primo Levi Settings
Stefan Wolpe Arrangements of Six Yiddish Songs
Eugène Ysaÿe Trio à cordes “Le chimay,” Op. posth.
André Previn Vocalise
Antonín Dvořák Violin Sonata in F Major, Op.57 (B.106)
Salvatore Sciarrino Tre duetti con l'eco (Three Duets with an Echo)
Sándor Veress Memento
Earl Kim Where Grief Slumbers
Tōru Takemitsu Orion
Harrison Birtwistle Crescent Moon over the Irrational
Stephen Coxe About That Time
Jörg Widmann Fieberphantasie (Fever Fantasy)
Brett Dean Recollections
Clara Schumann Romance in A Minor, Op.21
Brett Dean Equality
Brett Dean Huntington Eulogy
Benjamin Britten Winter Words, Op.52
Brett Dean String Quartet No. 2 “And once I played Ophelia”
Philippe Schoeller Isis II
Mark Applebaum Control Freak
Frédéric Chopin Rondo in C Major for Two Pianos, Op. posth. 73
Brett Dean Winter Songs
John Cage Dream

2018 summer season

George Frideric Handel Concerto Grosso in D Major, Op.6 No.5, HWV 323J
John Cage Solo for Voice 15 from Song Books
Einojuhani Rautavaara Ballad for Harp and Strings
Liza Lim Love Letter
Gustav Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen “Songs of a Wayfarer”
John Cage Experiences No.2
Salvatore Sciarrino Le voci sottovetro
Hans Abrahamsen Liebeslied
Philippe Hersant Usher
Stephen Coxe Entretien
Oliver Knussen Triptych
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quintet in G Minor, K.516
César Franck Piano Quintet in F Minor
Antonín Dvořák Piano Trio in G Minor, Op.26
Chinary Ung Spiral
Alexandre Lunsqui Deflectere II
Shulamit Ran Moon Songs, a song cycle in four acts
Béla Bartók Violin Sonata No.2, Sz.76
György Kurtág 12 Microludes for String Quartet, Op.13
Benjamin Britten String Quartet No.1 in D Major, Op.25
Christopher Rouse Compline
Franz Schubert Fantasie in F Minor, D.940
Alexander Raskatov Monk's Music, Seven Words by Starets Silouan
Steven Mackey Heavy Light
Nicholas Maw Roman Canticle
Maurice Ravel Ballade de la reine morte d'aimer “Ballad of the queen who died of love”
Harrison Birtwistle 9 Settings of Lorine Niedecker 
Steven Mackey Ars Moriendi, nine tableaux on the art of dying well 
Matthew Burtner Coral Attraction
Steven Mackey Fusion Tune
François Sarhan Situation No.7 (Imagination) 
Mauricio Kagel Exotica 
Steven Mackey Four Iconoclastic Episodes
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet in F Major, Op.135
Mark Applebaum Aphasia 
Sofia Gubaidulina Perception, for soprano, baritone, string septet, and tape 
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Suite, Op.23
Steven Mackey On All Fours
Jacob Druckman 
Arnold Schoenberg Phantasy, Op.47
Luciano Berio O King
Edison Denisov Clarinet Quintet 
Leon Kirchner String Quartet No.4
Luciano Berio Folk Songs
Elliott Carter String Quartet No.1 
Viktor Suslin Grenzübertritt “Crossing Beyond”
Béla Bartók The Miraculous Mandarin, Op.19, Sz.73 (BB 82)
Dieter Ammann A(tenir)tension 
Johannes Brahms Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op.25 
Cathy Berberian Stripsody 
Arnold Schoenberg Notturno

2017 summer season

Johann Sebastian Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G Major, BWV 1048
Sofia Gubaidulina Galgenlieder à 3
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet in G Major, K.387 
Alexander Raskatov Five Minutes from the Life of W.A.M. 
Maurice Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello
Jörg Widmann Zirkustänze