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Australia Ensemble : The Roaring Twenties


Australia Ensemble : The Roaring Twenties

  • Date: Saturday, 27 August 2022, 8pm
  • Venue: Sir John Clancy Auditorium — University of New South Wales, Gate 9, High Street, Kensington, NSW
  • Series: This event is part of the Australia Ensemble UNSW 2022 Subscription Concert series
  • Tickets: Adults: $56 | Children: $34 | Concession: $34 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 9385 4874

Event Details

Music from the 20s – four centuries apart – includes Bach’s poised and refined E-minor Flute Sonata. Around 1720 Bach was employed at Cöthen, by a genuine enthusiast with a stable of brilliant musicians for whom Bach wrote much of his instrumental work. Mendelssohn, who kept Bach’s music alive, wrote his String Quartet Op.12 in 1829, mostly during a trip to Britain. It is vintage Mendelssohn, with formal sophistication learned from Beethoven, and the magical fleet-footed writing for strings that he had honed in works like the Octet. A century later, German composer Paul Hindemith sought a ‘new objectivity’ in music, looking to Bach’s formal rigour and the sparkle of Viennese classicism to express it. His 1922 Kleine Kammermusik for wind quintet encapsulates what one writer calls his ‘vitality, delicacy, wit and variety…unmistakeable sense of fun’. Harry Straulig’s quintet Speak – completed this year – explores three aspects of communication: dialogue (in varying moods), recollection and introspection, which yields an ornately flowering climax.

Featured non-Australian music: J.S. BACH | Flute Sonata in E minor BWV1034, Paul HINDEMITH | Kleine Kammermusik Op.24 no.2, Felix MENDELSSOHN | String Quartet no.1 in E flat Op.12

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 9385 4874 or by email to australia.ensemble@unsw.edu.au

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