Musik am Nachmittag
You have two chances to hear our next concert, so there are no excuses for missing this wonderful programme of music as well as meeting our new conductor, Quentin Clare. Given the recent COVID pandemic we are performing our next programme of music twice so that each concert audience will be smaller to give everyone more space and hence allow social distancing. The first performance is at 15:00 and then we repeat the concert again at 17:00. Both concerts are at Firth Hall at the University of Sheffield.
Our new conductor starts by introducing us all to a piece he knows well and loves — Jean Philippe Rameau’s “Les Indes Galantes”. This beautiful piece of music was originally composed for an “Opera Ballet” by one of the most important French composers and music theorists of the Baroque era. When the opera was put on in 1736 (after some revisions) a ‘prodigious’ audience flocked to the theatre. Come and see why!
Next up is Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll — a piece that oozes love. Wagner composed this chamber piece as a birthday present to his second wife, Cosima after the birth of their son Siegfried in 1869. It was first performed on Christmas morning, 25 December 1870 on the stairs of their villa at Tribschen (today part of Lucerne), Switzerland, when Cosima awoke to its opening melody. It is hard (if not impossible) to find a more lovely and intimate piece in the whole of the classical music repertoire.
Our concert continues with Masques and Bergamesques, an orchestral suite by Gabriel Fauré which, like our first piece, was first composed for the theatre. It has remained one of his most popular works, partly because the pieces are drawn from his earlier works, so in some ways you will get to hear “the best of” Fauré!
We conclude with Mozart’s Symphony #35 in D “The Haffner” composed in 1782 and commissioned for the ennoblement of Sigmund Haffner. This work started out as a serenade for the wedding of Haffner’s daughter but Mozart reworked it later into this symphony of 4 movements, which lasts for a very delightful 20 minutes.
The programme is:-
Les Indes Galantes by Rameau
Siegfried Idyll by Wagner
Masques and Bergamesques by Fauré
Symphony #35 in D Major by Mozart
Duration 1 hour