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Australian Haydn Ensemble: French Twist

4 June 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEST

Tickets: Standard $80 | Pensioner $70 | Senior $70 | Student $25 | Under 30 $35


  • Skye McIntosh – Artistic Director
  • Australian Haydn Ensemble

Experience the essence of eighteenth century France in this chamber music program of Devienne, Rameau, Jadin, Mozart and Haydn.

Mozart’s Flute Quartet in A major opens this French feast of chamber music. Although not written in France, the last movement of this charismatic work contains a French style Rondo highlighting Mozart’s comical reputation with the tempo indication: “not too fast, then not too slow. So-so, with great elegance and expression”.

Lesser-known French composer Hyacinthe Jadin dedicated his first set of three string quartets to Haydn. The Ensemble presents his beautiful String Quartet Op. 3 No. 1. Haydn’s influence is apparent in this delightful and playful work. Following this, the Devienne Flute Quartet Op. 16 No. 3 darkens the tone with its brooding opening movement in B minor.

The turbulent mood continues with Haydn’s Symphony No. 87 in a string quartet arrangement believed to have been penned by Haydn himself. The symphony was part of his commission in the 1780s for the Parisian-based group Concerts de la Loge Olympique.

The program closes with a fittingly French work, Rameau’s Cinquième Concert from Pièces de clavecin en concerts, paying homage to earlier composers Forqueray and Marais.


  • MOZART Flute Quartet in A major K.298
  • JADIN String Quartet in C major Op. 3 No. 1
  • DEVIENNE Flute Quartet in B minor Op. 16 No. 3
  • HAYDN Symphony No. 87 in A major (Paris) arr. for string quartet.
  • RAMEAU Cinquième Concert from Pieces de clavecin en concerts in D minor arr. Anon.

Bookings: +61 2 9250 7777 or australianhaydn.com.au or purchase at the door



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