Miracles and Triumphs

MACA Classics Series

Friday 26 & Saturday 27 November 2021, 7:30pm

Perth Concert Hall

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Miracles and Triumphs

Joseph HAYDN Symphony No.96 Miracle (21 mins)
Adagio – Allegro
Menuetto (Allegretto)
Finale (Vivace assai)

Konzertstück for four horns and orchestra (18 mins)
Romanze (ziemlich langsam, doch nicht schleppend) –
Sehr lebhaft

Interval (25 mins)

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN
Symphony No.5 (36 mins)
Allegro con brio
Andante con moto

Johannes Fritzsch
David Evans
Julia Brooke
Robert Gladstones
Francesco Lo Surdo

The WASO Horn section is generously supported by Rod & Margaret Marston, through the Orchestral Partnerships giving program.

Wesfarmers Arts Pre-concert Talk

Find out more about the music in the concert with this week’s speaker, WASO's Assistant Conductor Thaddeus Huang. The Pre-concert Talk will take place at 6.45pm in the Terrace Level Foyer.

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This performance is recorded for broadcast on ABC Classic. For further details visit abc.net.au/classic

The secrets of the world’s most famous symphony

Did you know?

Haydn's Symphony No. 96 is nicknamed 'The Miracle' due to the story that, during its premiere, a chandelier fell from the ceiling of the concert hall in which it was performed. Miraculously, the audience managed to dodge the chandelier.

Later research has suggested that Haydn's symphony's namesake event actually took place during the premiere of the composer's Symphony No. 102!

The horn is one of the oldest instruments, with rudimentary horns dating back to 2400 B.C. Modern orchestral horns date back to the 16th century, with the first valved horn patented in 1818.

The Konzertstück is renowned as a showpiece for horn, so tricky that it was proclaimed by some as virtually unplayable. Schumann's biographer declared of the work, "the difficulties are so horrendous that it needs almost the trump of an archangel to cope with them."

Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 is sometimes known as the 'Fate Symphony', due to the famous four-note opening motif that suggests fate knocking at the door.

Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 was the first major orchestral composition to use trombones.

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