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Australia Ensemble: Cycles


Australia Ensemble: Cycles

  • Date: Saturday, 21 May 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

Brahms’s third Piano Quartet had a long gestation, seeded in the mid-1850s when his emotional life was in turmoil. When it finally appeared in 1872, the composer drily likened the piece to the then-fashionable story of Goethe’s Romantic hero Werther, who kills himself for love.

Brahms was in many ways the heir to Beethoven, whose short Trio from his early years in Bonn recalls the elegant sound of courtly wind ensembles.

Australian composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks studied in London and Vienna, but her greatest mentor was teacher and composer Nadia Boulanger. Her popular Concertino da Camera for piano and winds was written in New York in the mid-1940s, but its crystalline wit and neoclassical forms inevitably call to mind Boulanger’s pre-war Paris.

Written for the Australia Ensemble UNSW in 2008, Melbourne-based Stuart Greenbaum’s Easter Island is a moving meditation on the tragedy of that Pacific nation, famed for its massive sculptures, and a timely reminder of the dangers of man-made environmental collapse.


Ludwig BEETHOVEN | Trio Op.87 (1794) for flute, clarinet & bassoon
Stuart GREENBAUM | Easter Island (2008)
Peggy GLANVILLE-HICKS | Concertino da Camera (1946)
Johannes BRAHMS | Piano Quartet no.3 in C minor Op.60 (1875)

Featured non-Australian music: Beethoven, Brahms

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

Featured Australian Works

Concertino da camera : for flute, clarinet, bassoon and pianoforte (1946) by Peggy Glanville-Hicks
— performed by Australia Ensemble
Easter Island (septets: flute, bass clarinet, piano, 2 violins, viola, cello) (2008) by Stuart Greenbaum
— performed by Australia Ensemble

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