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The second half of the 18th century was a time of revolution in music. Composers such as Haydn and Mozart were moving away from the strict formality of the Baroque era, creating a more melodic, expressionistic style. In his Bassoon Concerto, KV.191, an 18-year old Mozart hints at this evolution with a work that looks back towards Vivaldi's bassoon works but also nods to the emerging Viennese preference for sonata form. We are fortunate to feature one of the world’s finest bassoon players, Jane Gower, performing the concerto for us.

Accelerating the pace of change was the quality of the musicians – nowhere more so than at the Mannheim court (now in southwest Germany). Mozart spent the winter of 1777–78 in Mannheim, and his ‘Haffner’ Symphony contains many influences from his time there. Haydn too embraced a number of the Mannheim School techniques, taking his much-loved 'Drum Roll' Symphony to new heights of energy and excitement.

And just as Mannheim saw a new musical style emerge, we are excited that this program will feature emerging young performers from our Young Mannheim Symphonists youth orchestra, which is designed to provide opportunities for young musicians to experience the magic of historically informed performance, inspiring the next generation of research and performance-based inquiry.

Other concerts in Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra's 2021 season:

Illuminate | Bruch, Britten & Tchaikovsky, Fri 19 Feb 7pm 
Evoke | Beethoven & Berwald, Thu 6 May 7pm


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Details correct at the time of publication.

  • Christian Cannabich
    Sinfonia No.54 in E-flat major
    Joseph Haydn
    Symphony No.103 in E-flat major ‘Drum Roll’
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major, KV.191
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Symphony No.35 in D major ‘Haffner’, KV.385
  • Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
    Rachael Beesley    Director 

    Jane Gower    Bassoon

    Emerging musicians from Young Mannheim Symphonists