Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony

MACA CLASSICS SERIES

Friday 29 & Saturday 30 April 2022, 7.30pm

Perth Concert Hall

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Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony

Hector BERLIOZ Béatrice et Bénédict: Overture (8 mins)

Carl Maria von WEBER Clarinet Concerto No.1 (18 mins)

Allegro
Adagio ma non troppo
Rondo (Allegretto)

Interval (25 mins)

Felix MENDELSSOHN Symphony No.3 Scottish (43 mins)

Andante con moto – Allegro un poco agitato – Andante con moto –
Vivace non troppo –
Adagio – Allegro vivacissimo – Allegro, maestoso assai

Umberto Clerici conductor
Ashley Smith
clarinet

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

Wesfarmers Arts Meet the Musician (Friday only)
Join conductor, Umberto Clerici for a post-concert interview immediately following the Friday evening performance in the Terrace Level Foyer. Uncover more about the music and hear insights into the performance experience.

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

Ashley Smith Q&A

Did you know?

Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict is an opera heavily inspired by Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Beatrice and Benedict cannot stand each other, so on a lark their friends and families decide to get them together through a series of deceptions. It seems as though the outline of a romantic comedy has changed very little in 400 years!

Béatrice et Bénédict was composed during one of the most difficult periods in Berlioz's life, with the composer grieving the deaths of several loved ones and suffering from ill health. Despite this, the work is one of his lightest, most delightful creations.

Weber studied the practice of lithography with Alois Senefelder, who invented the process, allowing him to extend the life of his compositions by engraving his works. Lithography involves printing from a stone or metal plate with a smooth surface.

There are many versions of Weber's Clarinet Concerto No.1 in existence, with significant variations to the solo part. Weber originally left the manuscript of the solo line somewhat sparse, allowing poetic license for his friend, clarinettist Heinrich Baermann. Baermann's son later published an edition with many additions and embellishments - and this was just the beginning of the variations!

Mendelssohn was first inspired to write his Scottish Symphony after seeing the ruins of Holyrood Chapel at Holyrood Palace. The Palace is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland; Queen Elizabeth II spends one week in residence at Holyroodhouse each year at the beginning of summer.

The wealthy Mendelssohn family had a private orchestra at their disposal - very handy for a budding young composer looking to try out new compositions!

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