Viennese Festival

November 13, 2009

Just got back from Viennese Festival.

It’s an annual concert held by Classicorp Indonesia to encourage local musicians to perform in public. This year’s theme is Viennese, in the spirit of commemorating 200 years after the death of Joseph Haydn.

(From the program:)
Joseph Haydn is considered the Father of Symphony, and the Father of String Quartet. Along with Mozart and Beethoven, Haydn lived in Vienna during the classical period (1750-1820) and revolutionized classical music and established a firm foundation for their succesors.

Their works are often light, cheerful and witty, like Haydn’s Divertimento in A major for piano solo, although when writing in minor key, they could also be very powerful, complex and full of anguish, like Mozart’s Sonata in C minor for string quintet. Beethove, whose life spanned between the classical and early romantic period, developed his style further and thus his composition are usually more passionate, poignant (like the 2nd movement of his Sonata in A major, op. 30 No. 1), tempestous and even heroic.

The first performance is Haydn’s Divertimento (Sonata) in A major, Hob. XVI No. 12. It is then continued with the second performance: singing. Four works of voice composed by Mozart. And the list goes on and on.

I liked the flautist’s performance, although this was actually the first time I saw a flautist perform live, so I don’t really know whether she’s any good. Still, I (heart) her. She played Beethoven’s Sonata in A major, Op 30 No. 1.

An then a 15 year old girl played this:

(Haydn’s Sonata in E minor, Hob. XVI No. 34)

Boy, she’s good…

But from all the performances, the ones I enjoy most is the soprano’s singing. She’s swell.

Really, did I just use the word swell?

Well, she’s awesome. Absatively.


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