Shawn Jaeger: so much time (2021)
Robert Schumann: String Quartet No. 1
in A minor, Op. 41 No. 1

—THE AIZURI SONGBOOK—

Joanna Newsom: Bridges and Balloons (arr. Christina Courtin)
Franz Schubert: Der Lindenbaum from Winterreise, D. 911
(arr. Michi Wiancko)
Clara Schumann: Ich Stand in Dunkeln Träumen (arr. Karen Ouzounian)
Claude Debussy: Romance: Voici que le printemps (arr. Miho Saegusa)
Cécile Chaminade: Ronde d’amour, Ah! Si l’amour prenait
les racines
(arr. Lembit Beecher)
American Traditional: Working on a Building (arr. George Meyer)
Anna Roberts-Gevalt: After Lester
Elizabeth Cotten: Freight Train (arr. Karen Ouzounian)
Eleanor Alberga: Remember
Ben Russell: Weather Vane

Songs are a powerful human instrument. A visceral emotion, a culture’s history, a political statement, an epic tale, can all be distilled into a single song. Our “Song Emerging” program is an unfolding of a series of song-inspired works and songs that are near and dear to the Aizuri Quartet’s heart and identity. The program opens with a bold, brand new work written for the Aizuris by the American composer Shawn Jaeger (b. 1985, Louisville, Kentucky). A longtime friend of the quartet, Shawn’s piece titled so much time draws inspiration from the heart-breaking Adagietto by Gustav Mahler. The program continues with the first string quartet of Robert Schumann, whose writing was inextricably linked to romantic lieder and vocal music. The second half of “Song Emerging” is a surprising collection of songs, curated meticulously by the Aizuris. A combination of classical lieder, traditional tunes, and new arrangements commissioned specifically for this program, the Songbook consists of songs that each hold personal meaning for the quartet. The collection includes composers we deeply admire like Eleanor Alberga as well as our fiercely talented friends and colleagues like fiddler/songwriter Anna Roberts-Gevalt, and is a celebration of the most direct human expression in music.

- Ayane Kozasa