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Szczecin | Kilar, Bach and Haydn

KilarFollowing the Beethoven Year, the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin will present the works of other Viennese classics. On 19 February 2021 at 7.00 p.m. we will hear Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 22 as well as J.S. Bach's choral preludes orchestrated by Zygmunt Mycielski and Wojciech Kilar's Choralvorspiel.

Haydn composed his Symphony No. 22 during his tenure as Vice-Kapellmeister at the court of Prince Nicolaus Esterházy. He was in charge of all but religious music in the Esterházy household; in particular he was the leader of the orchestra and was expected to compose symphonies for it to perform. The symphony's nickname "The Philosopher" is not on the original manuscript and is unlikely to have come from Haydn himself. "Le Philosoph" appears on a manuscript copy of the symphony dated from the composer's own lifetime. The title is thought to derive from the melody and counterpoint of the first movement (between the horns and cor anglais), which musically allude to a question followed by an answer and paralleling the disputatio system of debate. The piece's use of a muted tick-tock effect also evokes the image of a philosopher deep in thought while time passes by. As noted by musicologist David Wyn Jones, the nickname "becomes less appropriate as the symphony proceeds and earnestness gives way to high spirits."

The programme of the concert of the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Łukasz Borowicz will also include Wojciech Kilar's Choralvorspiel for string orchestra and Johann Sebastian Bach's 13 choral preludes from Orgelbüchlein arranged for symphony orchestra by Zygmunt Mycielski.

More information at: https://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/wydarzenia/1465-KILAR__BACH__HAYDN