Max Derrickson

Writing Music Program Notes for Over 20 Years

Schubert – “Unfinished” Symphony No. 8, B-minor

Franz Schubert  (1797-1828) “Unfinished” Symphony No. 8, B-minor 1. Allegro moderato 2. Andante con moto If we think of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony as one of the works that ushered in the Romantic era, we would certainly consider Schubert’s  Symphony No. 8 as doing so.  However, the work, incomplete, was not even discovered until 1865.  None-the-less, […]

Schubert – Symphony No. 4 in C-minor, “Tragic” D. 417

Franz (Peter) Schubert     (b Vienna, January 31, 1797; d Vienna, November 19, 1828) Symphony No. 4 in C-minor, “Tragic” D. 417 1. Adagio molto – Allegro vivace 2. Andante 3. Menuetto (Allegro vivace) 4. Allegro It might seem inconceivable that Schubert wrote his fourth symphony at the age of 19, or that two of his most […]

Schubert – Quintet for Piano and Strings in A Major, Op. 114 D. 667 “Trout Quintet”

Franz Schubert     (b Vienna, 31 Jan 1797; d Vienna, 19 Nov 1828) Quintet for Piano and Strings in A Major, Op. 114 D. 667 “Trout Quintet” 1. Allegro vivace 2. Andante 3. Scherzo. Presto – Trio 4. Theme & Variations. Andantino 5. Finale. Allegro giusto The genesis of the Trout Quintet is a charming story.  It […]

Saint-Saëns – Violin Concerto No. 3 in B-minor, op. 61

Camille Saint-Saëns      (b Paris, 9 October, 1835; dAlgiers,Algeria, 16 December, 1921) Violin Concerto No. 3 in B-minor, op. 61 1. Allegro non troppo 2. Andante quasi allegretto 3. Molto moderato e maestoso – Allegro non troppo The prolific Camille Saint-Saëns might well be considered the Professor Emeritus of French music.  Over the span […]

Saint-Saëns – Piano Concerto No. 2 in G-minor, op. 22

Camille Saint-Saens (1835 – 1921) Piano Concerto No. 2 in G-minor, op. 22 1. Andante Sostenuto 2. Allegro scherzando 3. Presto The prolific Camille Saint-Saens might well be considered the Professor Emeritus of French music.  Over the span of eight and a half decades, he composed over three hundred works in a huge range of […]

Saint-Saëns – Danse Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah

Camille Saint-Saëns     Born:Paris, 1835; Died:Algiers, 1921 Danse Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah The prolific Camille Saint-Saëns might well be considered the Professor Emeritus of French music.  Over the span of eight and a half decades, he composed over three hundred works in a huge range of genres, performed in hundreds of concerts as pianist and […]