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Schroeder Premieres

Arthur Foote                     Aubade, Op. 77 (1912)

On February 19, 1914, Alwin Schroeder and the composer gave the world premiere of this work at Boston's Jordan Hall. Twenty years earlier, Schroeder had been slated to perform Foote's then-new Cello Concerto with the Boston Symphony, but Foote withdrew the concerto after its Chicago world premiere with Bruno Steindel as soloist got a lukewarm reception. Schroeder took part in several first performances of Foote chamber works during his years as cellist of the Kneisel Quartet.  The composer was also a guest pianist in Boston and New York concerts of the quartet, in works such as his own Piano Quintet, which they premiered in 1899. Of the quintet, Henry E. Krehbiel wrote, "...a most worthy contribution to American music, and, better still, ...distinctly worthy of performance regardless of its origin.” (New York Tribune, March 8, 1899 p. 8)  The Foote Aubade is dedicated to Schroeder.

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