Organ Grandeur


Friday 25 & Saturday 26 November 2022, 7.30pm

Perth Concert Hall

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Organ Grandeur

Ottorino RESPIGHI Fountains of Rome (15 mins)

The Fountain of Valle Giulia at Dawn (Andante mosso)
The Triton Fountain in the Morning (Vivo)
The Fountain of Trevi at Midday (Allegro moderato)
The Villa Medici Fountain at Sunset (Andante)

Samuel BARBER Toccata festiva (13 mins)

Interval (25 mins)

Camile SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No.3 Organ (36 mins)

I Adagio – Allegro moderato – Poco adagio
II Allegro moderato – Presto – Maestoso – Allegro

Asher Fisch conductor
Joseph Nolan organ

Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts.

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

Did you know?

Respighi's Fountains of Rome paints a musical picture of four of Rome's great fountains at different times of the day.

Barber was a prolific composer of music for voice, with two-thirds of his compositional output constituting art songs for voice and piano, choral music, and songs for voice and orchestra.

As large organs became more common in concert halls in the late 19th century, a repertoire of celebratory music for organ and orchestra began developing. Toccata festiva was written for the inauguration of the new organ at Philadelphia's Academy of Music.

Saint-Saëns began learning piano at just two and a half years old, and started composition and organ instruction at age seven.

Saint-Saëns was a man with many interests - not only an accomplished organist, Saint-Saëns was also a teacher, a writer, and had interests ranging from astronomy to archaeology, philosophy and even occult sciences.

Saint-Saëns' Organ Symphony featured on the soundtrack to the film Babe. Recent WASO collaborator Nigel Westlake also wrote the score to the film!

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