This program will feature a performance of Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4
performed by musicians of the Columbus Symphony. Beethoven was beset by challenges and disappointments both personal—his loss of hearing—and political—Napoleon’s invasion of the composer’s homeland. A brief discussion of visual artists’ responses to crises will precede the concert. These will include Francisco Goya (who battled deafness and political persecution) and Pablo Picasso (inspired to paint Guernica
in response to the brutal bombing of a town in his native Spain). In art as in music, masterpieces emerged from crises that disrupted the lives of creative individuals and changed the fates of nations.
Francisco Goya, The Carnivorous Vulture
(from The Disasters of War),
c. 1815–1820 (published 1863), etching & aquatint, CMA
This program is sponsored by the CMA Docent Alums