Friday, May 11, 2018

Mozart and Dvorak for String Sextet

Friday, 11th May, 6pm

Pro Musica Sextet

Leo Phillips and Tasana Nagavajara, violins

Born Lau and Omporn Kowintha, violas

Leslie Tan and Panyaphat Wongwechwiwat, cellos

Mozart: Grand Sextet Concertante 
A transcription of the Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E flat K 364

Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante is one of his finest orchestral works. It was written in 1779, when the composer was 23 year-old. Although strictly speaking a hybrid symphony and concerto, it is effectively a concerto for two soloists. It is a remarkable work with lyrical intertwining of the solo passages reminiscent of an operatic duet. There is something magical about this music, as musicologist Richard Wigmore observed,

"The initial entry of the soloists, suspended high above the orchestra’s cadential phrases, is one of the most magical moments in any Mozart concerto."

The original orchestral version was transcribed for string sextet in 1808. According to Edward Rothstein, "the work was transformed from a drama involving duo soloists playing against orchestral textures to a fabric of interacting melodic lines." This is the version we will hear.

This should be a fantastic performance with the largest group of musicians yet to perform at Eelswamp. Don't miss it!

Dvořák: String Sextet in A major op. 48

Composed in 1878, this work was Dvorak's first international success, being performed by celebrity violinist Joseph Joachim and friends in Berlin in London. It's a lively work in four jolly movements, similar in spirit to the composer's earlier hit, the Slavonic Dances op. 46 with plenty of folk melodies and dances. 

Reservations: 1,000 baht. 

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Tickets: No tickets will be issued for concerts. Admission to the music room on the day of the concert will be in accordance with the sequence of receipt of payment (ie, who pays first goes in first and can select their desired seat).

Etiquette: No photos allowed during the main performance. But photos may be taken during encore. Please do not upload videos to Youtube.

Children: Children aged six years and older may attend the concert. Smaller children may be left with the nanny on the premises. 

Cancellations and credits: Credit will be allowed for future concerts in the event of cancellation provided that the concert for which the original booking was made breaks even.

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