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Warsaw | Sinfonia Iuventus online: Pärt, Mozart and Haydn

SIPolish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra conducted by Przemysław Neumann will perform works by Arvo Pärt, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Haydn on 19 September 2020 at 7.00 p.m. at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. The outstanding violinist Piotr Pławner will perform as a soloist. The concert will be broadcast online on YouTube and on the website

After the period of artistic explorations, the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt developed his unique style and technique (representing the broadly-understood trend of “mystical minimalism”), which he defined as tintinnabuli. It is the Latin word for “bells”. The mesmerising and delightful composition Fratres (Brothers) of 1977, which the author translated to different instrumentations, is another early example of the said technique.

In 1773, seventeen-year-old Mozart got a job at the court of Heronymus Colloredo, Archbishop of Salzburg. He composed a number of pieces for the court band, including a series of five violin concertos. The first part of the graceful Concerto in D major refers to Italian patterns. On the other hand, its rondo in the final part sounds French, including the playful style given to dud a la musette.

With its Symphony in D major no. 104 of 1795, Haydn says a wonderful goodbye to the musical genre that made him flourish and that became a “trademark” of his rich and varied artistic legacy. As Symphony in D major is a part of the second series of “London Symphonies”, in the finale Haydn paid a tribute to English audience by making the tune of the popular folk-like song Hot Cross Buns the main theme, additionally emphasizing it with the accompaniment of a bourdon.

Piotr Maculewicz

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