2014 – 2015 Season: “MOZART’S LAST YEAR”
“Mozart’s Last Year: Sadness, Mercy, and Festivity”
The WolfGang continues its exploration of the music and events of Mozart’s last year, 1791. The ensemble will play world premieres of transcriptions of the sublime Maurerische Trauermusik (sadness), La Clemenza di Tito (mercy), and German Dances (festive ditties for the Viennese court).
The program captures the whirlwind of creativity from this amazing year, exhibiting the depth and breadth of Mozart’s music and what the world lost with his premature passing. The program begins with two works which Mozart composed early in 1791 for the glass harmonica phenom Marianne Kirchgaessner. The WolfGang is amazed that the works could ever have been played on this instrument. She must have been dazzling!
A brief diversion revisits a beautiful Mozart Adagio for Oboe and String Trio, and a divertimento for oboe and strings by Florian Leopold Gassmann who taught composition to Mozart’s rival Antonio Salieri.
Finally, there is an echo from Mozart’s youth – movements from a surprisingly sophisticated flute sonata from when Mozart, at age 8 years, toured with his father. He dedicated the collection of these flute sonatas to “Her Majesty Charlotte” Queen of la Grande Bretagne.
Come and explore this consummate and final music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with us!
April 11, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – Christ Church Lutheran, Minneapolis
3244 34th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
April 12, 2015, 4:00 p.m. – Central Baptist Church, St. Paul
420 Roy St. St Paul, MN
No tickets required, voluntary contribution, $15/person suggested
The WolfGang performs instrumental chamber music from the time of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, playing on musical instruments of the type that were used during Mozart’s life. The fortepiano is a replica of a Stein fortepiano. The violin, viola and cello are either from the 18th century or are carefully modeled after 18th century instruments. The flute and oboe are modern replicas of instruments made by some of the great woodwind makers of the late 18th century. A Twin-Cities based ensemble, The WolfGang has been performing, recording, and touring for over 16 years in a style that “fits” the Mozart era. We hope you will join us for an musical adventure very soon.