Mozart and Bruckner

Masters Series

Friday 3 & Saturday 4 December 2021, 7:30pm

Perth Concert Hall

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Mozart and Bruckner

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART Sinfonia concertante (30 mins)

Allegro maestoso

Interval (25 mins)

Symphony No.7 (64 mins)

Allegro moderato
Adagio. Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam
Scherzo. Sehr schnell
Finale. Bewegt, doch nicht schnell

Johannes Fritzsch
Semra Lee-Smith
Daniel Schmitt

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Find out more about the music in the concert with this week’s speaker, Ashley Smith. The Pre-concert Talk will take place at 6.45pm in the Terrace Level Foyer.

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Johannes Fritzsch and Evan Kennea in conversation

Did you know?

A Sinfonia concertante is a hybrid concerto-symphony; a concerto format in which the solo instruments tend to blend into the fabric of the orchestra.

As a performer, Mozart is remembered mostly as a pianist but he was also an accomplished violinist who often played the viola in chamber music.

The part for viola in Mozart's Sinfonia concertante utilises a technique called 'scordatura', literally "mistuning", where the viola is tuned upwards from D-major to E-flat. This gives the instrument more intensity and more closely matches the sound to that of the violin.

Look out for 4 Wagner tubas in Bruckner's Symphony No. 7. The instrument looks like a cross between a tuba and a French horn, but sounds like a French horn crossed with a trombone!

Bruckner is buried immediately below his favourite organ (in the crypt of the Sankt Florian monastery church).

Bruckner proposed to as many as nine women throughout his life. None of his marriage proposals were accepted.

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