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Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra | Emerge – Melbourne

3 August 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm AEST

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

Haydn, Mozart & Mannheim

The second half of the 18th century was a time of revolution in music. Composers such as Haydn and Mozart were moving away from the strict formality of the Baroque era, creating a more melodic, expressionistic style. Accelerating the pace of change was the quality of the musicians – nowhere more so than at the Mannheim court (now in southwest Germany).

Mozart spent the winter of 1777-78 at Mannheim, where he met Christian Cannabich – the director and concertmaster of the court orchestra at the time – and the two remained friends for many years. His ‘Haffner’ Symphony contains many influences from his time there and the Horn Concertos could not have been written without the leaps in virtuosity made at Mannheim, as they require extraordinary technique such as lip trills, hand-stopping, and rapid tonguing. We are fortunate to hear one of the world’s finest horn players, Anneke Scott, performing the Horn Concerto No.3 for us.

Haydn too embraced a number of the Mannheim School techniques, in particular their energetic rhythms, strong thematic material and powerful use of the orchestra. These techniques took his much-loved ‘Drum Roll’ Symphony to new heights of energy and excitement.

And just as Mannheim saw a new musical style emerge, we are excited that this program will feature emerging young performers from our Young Mannheim Symphonists youth orchestra which is designed to provide opportunities for young musicians to experience the magic of historically informed performance, inspiring the next generation of research and performance-based inquiry.

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
Rachael Beesley | director
Anneke Scott | natural horn
Emerging musicians from Young Mannheim Symphonists

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Horn Concerto No.3 in E-flat major, KV.447
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No.35 in D major ‘Haffner’, KV.385
Christian Cannabich
Sinfonia No.54 in E-flat major
Joseph Haydn
Symphony No.103 in E-flat major ‘Drum Roll’



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