A Knight's Tale


Friday 18 & Saturday 19 August 2023, 7.30pm

Perth Concert Hall

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A Knight's Tale

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART The Marriage of Figaro: Overture (4 mins)

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART Exsultate, jubilate (16 mins)

I Allegro ‘Exsultate, jubilate’
Recitativo ‘Fulget amica dies’
II Andante ‘Tu virginum corona’
III Molto allegro ‘Alleluia’

Interval (25 mins)

Anton BRUCKNER Symphony No.4 Romantic (64 mins)
(1878-80 version, Nowak edition)

Bewegt, nicht zu schnell
Andante quasi allegretto
Scherzo (Bewegt) – Trio (Gemächlich)
Finale (Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell)

Asher Fisch conductor
Sara Macliver

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, Tim White. 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

Did you know?

The original play, The Marriage of Figaro, on which Mozart's opera was based, was banned by authorities in France due to it's controversial subject matter at the time - relationships between classes.

Mozart composed Exsultate, jubilate in Milan during the production of his opera Lucio Silla.

Bruckner's Fourth Symphony is the only one of the composer's nine to which he gave a subtitle; Romantic.

The premiere of Bruckner's Fourth was the first premiere of a Bruckner symphony to be conducted by someone other than the composer himself.

Have you heard of "The Bruckner Problem"? The Bruckner Problem refers to the complications resulting from the numerous contrasting versions and editions that exist for most of Bruckner's symphonies. The first versions of Bruckner's symphonies often presented an instrumental, contrapuntal and rhythmic complexity that was considered unperformable by musicians. In order to make them "performable", the symphonies (except No.5, 6 and 7) have been revised several times by Bruckner's friends and associates, and it is not always possible to tell whether the emendments had Bruckner's authorization. Bruckner scholars refer to this as 'Wirkungsgeschichte' ("effectual history").

Bruckner's Fourth Symphony underwent the most prolonged and most intricate compositional process of any of his symphonies, with work on it extending from 1874 until at least 1890. For this reason, the Symphony is seen as the most extreme case of "The Bruckner Problem"!

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Text & Translations


Exsultate, jubilate
o vos animae beatae,
dulcia cantica canendo
cantui vestro respondendo
psallant aethera cum me.

Fulget amica dies,
iam fugere et nubila et procellae;
exortus est justis inexspectata quies.
Undique obscura regnabat nox,
surgite tandem laeti, qui timuistis adhuc,
et jucundi aurorae fortunatae
frondes dextera plena et lilia date.

Tu virginum corona,
tu nobis pacem dona,
tu consolare affectus
unde suspirat cor.


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