Evening Masterwork: Spohr’s Nonet

Louis Spohr (1784-1859)

The Nonet by Louis Spohr

Evening Masterwork for October 1, 2020 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9 FM

The Nonet by Louis Spohr was composed under unusual conditions. Spohr wrote the work for the wealthy Viennese cloth manufacturer Johann von Tost, who had also commissioned several string quartets from Haydn. Tost was known to happily commission great composers, but it was almost always with strange caveats. And for the Spohr Octet, Tost required that the music would be his property for three years. Hear it tonight at 7: our Evening Masterwork on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9.