Online Premiere
7:00 PM PST
November 13, 2022

A Romantic Portrait: Luise Adolpha Le Beau

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Luise Adolpha Le Beau was a great success story among the students of Clara Schumann. She had a distinguished career as pianist, music critic, and composer of operas, choral music, large-scale orchestral works, and chamber music. Our portrait of Le Beau includes her gorgeously romantic cello sonata along with intimate works for violin and piano featuring Rachell Ellen Wong, Nathan Chan, and Byron Schenkman. 

Rather than just hearing how a piece of music begins and ends, Chan wants to communicate to audience(s) every step it takes to climb the musical mountain.

— NPR Performance Today


Rachell Ellen Wong


Nathan Chan


Byron Schenkman



Luise Adolpha Le Beau (1850-1927):

Elegy in G Minor, op. 44 for violin and piano

Prelude in B-flat Major, op. 12, no.2 for piano 

Romance in G Major, op. 35, for violin and piano 

Sonata in D Major, op. 17, for cello and piano 

Allegro molto
Andante tranquillo
Allegro vivace 

Prelude in F Minor, op. 12, no. 7 for piano  

Wong gave a scorching hot, accurate, and thrilling performance

—Joanna Barouch, Broadway World: Classical Music


Notes on the Program

By Byron Schenkman

Luise Adolpha Le Beau was an unusually independent musician for a woman in 19th-century Germany. She had a long and illustrious career as a concert pianist, music critic, pedagogue, and composer. Le Beau published more than sixty volumes of music including operas, orchestral and choral music, large and small ensemble works, piano music, and songs. She also published an autobiography on her life as a woman composer. Le Beau’s concert pieces for violin and piano may have provided a model for similar works by Amy Beach and Elisabeth von Saxen-Meiningen. Her piano preludes are modest works suitable for students and amateurs, whereas her sonata for cello and piano indicates the kind of virtuoso pianist she must have been.   

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