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Soirées Musicales Quintette: with and without words

19 August 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm AEST

Tickets: $35.00 – $40.00

Soirées Musicales Quintette takes its name from a number of works composed in the 1830s by two leading romantic composers who have featured often in their concerts – Clara Schumann and Gioacchino Rossini. The centrepiece of this concert is a selection of arias and duets from Rossini’s Soirées Musicales, composed to Italian texts and probably first heard in his Parisian salon concerts. These vocal items will be interspersed with several of Clara Schumann’s piano solos from her publication of the same name. This juxtaposition of German and Italian elements also features throughout the program.

​Following three of Haydn’s partsongs which alternate between irony, reverence and revelry, the skills of his Viennese contemporaries in setting Italian texts will be seen in several rarely heard solo songs by Schubert and Beethoven. An Italianate reference is also found in the title of the concluding work, the 4 Notturnos for vocal quartet and piano by Heinrich von Herzogenberg, a colleague of Brahms with whose style he has often been compared.


Three partsongs – Franz Josef Haydn (1732-1809)

  • Harmonie in der Ehe (Harmony in marriage)
  • Abendlied zu Gott (Evening hymn)
  • Die Beredsamkeit (Eloquence)

Vier Canzonen (Four Italian songs) D.688 – Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

  • Non t’accostar all’urna (Do not approach the urn)
  • Guarda che bianca luna (Look at that white moon)
  • Da quel sembiante appresi (From that countenance I learned)
  • Mio ben, ricordati (Remember, my beloved)

Two Italian songs – Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

  • In questa tomba oscura (In this dark grave)
  • L’amante impaziente (The impatient lover)

Arias and duets from Soirées Musicales – Gioacchino Rossini (1892-1868)

  • La promessa (The promise)
  • La pesca (Fishing)
  • L’orgia (The orgy)
  • La serenata (The serenade)
  • L’invito (The invitation)
  • La danza (The dance)

‘Toccatina’ and ‘Polonaise’ from Soirées Musicales Op.6 – Clara Schumann (1819-1896)

Vier Notturnos (Four nocturnes) Op.22 – Heinrich von Herzogenberg (1843-1900)

  • Wär’s dunkel, ich läge im Walde (If it were dark I would lie in the wood)
  • Nacht ist wie ein stilles Meer (Night is like a quiet sea)
  • Zwei Musikanten zieh’n daher vom Wald (Two musicians depart the forest)
  • Wie schön hier zu verträumen die Nacht (How beautiful to dream away the night)


St Mary’s Church, Kangaroo Point
455 Main Street
Kangaroo Point, QLD 4169 Australia
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