Classical Inspirations

Grave of Leonard Bernstein, an American conduc...

Grave of Leonard Bernstein, an American conductor, composer in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Join Sirius Chamber Ensemble as we explore a variety of repertoire inspired by early masters. The Quintet for piano and winds by Ludwig van Beethoven is a youthful homage to Mozart, emulating the elder composer’s quintet but establishing a clearly unique voice.

One of his first published compositions, the form and style of the Clarinet Sonata by Leonard Bernstein is closely aligned to the Romantic tradition, although the sweeping lines and rhythmic drive foreshadow the popular tunes of West Side Story.

The Wind Quintet by one of Denmark’s greatest 20th-century composers, Carl Nielsen remains his most performed composition. Written for the performers of the Copenhagen Wind Quintet, Nielsen captured the character of each performer in the instrumentation of the music. The theme in the final movement was Nielsen’s own melody used for the spiritual song, My Jesus, make my heart to love thee. The structure of the work is firmly rooted in the Classical tradition.

Also on the program is Mozart’s “Kegelstatt” trio for clarinet, viola and piano, popularly known to be composed during a game of skittles.

When: Saturday 1st September, 7.30pm

Where: St Philip’s Anglican Church, 3 York St, Sydney

Tickets: $15-$35


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