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Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra | Beethoven Septet & Louise Farrenc Nonet

6 June 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEST

$25 – $75

New Perspectives

In the first half of the 19th century, music moved out of the palaces of Europe and into its living rooms, with an explosion in publishing houses making the latest works accessible to everyone from princes to paupers. As with so many developments in music, Beethoven was at the centre of things: his Septet was a huge critical and popular success, and demand for the sheet music was a great boost to his publisher’s business. And it is easy to see why: it takes all the easy charm of a serenade or divertimento, two hugely popular formats at the time – think Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik – and features some exquisite writing.

The piece proved an impossible act to follow; for the next fifty years, only Schubert, with his Octet, wrote any large mixed chamber work of significance – that is until Louise Farrenc’s Nonet, in 1849. Farrenc was a renowned pianist – a child prodigy, an accomplished touring soloist, and professor of piano at the Paris Conservatory – yet ironically her most famous piece does not feature her chosen instrument. Instead, scored for a string quartet and wind quintet together, it is full of rich textures and intricate scoring, demonstrating her irrefutable compositional skill.


Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

Georgia Browne | Flute
Tatjana Zimre | Oboe
Nicole van Bruggen | Clarinet
Anneke Scott | Horn
Lisa Goldberg | Bassoon
Jenna Sherry | Violin
Stephen King | Viola
Daniel Yeadon | Cello
Rob Nairn | Double Bass


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) – Septet in E flat major, Op.20 (1800)

Louise Farrenc (1804–1875) – Nonet in E flat major, Op.38 (1849)

CONCERT SERIES – May 31 to June 10

Wednesday 31 May | The Hills Grammar School, Kenthurst
Friday 2 June | The Neilson, ACO Pier 2/3, Sydney
Saturday 3 June | Ithaca Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall
Sunday 4 June | The Events Centre, Caloundra
Tuesday 6 June | Albert Hall, Canberra
Wednesday 7 June | Adamstown Uniting Church, Newcastle
Saturday 10 June | David Li Sound Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne


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