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Early Music New York - Frederick Renz, Director
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2016 - 2017 ~ NYC Subscription Concerts ~ 42nd Season

Notes - March 2, 2017Early Notation

The Swedish Mozart

Joseph Martin Kraus (1775)
German by birth, Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-1792) is often referred to as the ‘Swedish Mozart’ both on the grounds of his undoubted musical genius and his employment at the brilliant court of Gustav III in Stockholm. Kraus’s career as a composer was relatively brief - little more than fifteen years - but his mature works have a complexity and expressive intensity quite unique. His death in 1792, like that of Mozart’s the previous year, can be accounted as one of the eighteenth century’s musical tragedies.

The incidental music for Johan Henrik Kellgren’s tragedy Olympie (the princess Olympie being torn between a marriage of state and true love) consists of a powerful Sturm und Drang* overture, an off-stage march when Olympie
s husband to be arrives amid pomp and circumstance, four entr’actes and a funereal epilogue.

Early Music New York is indebted to its Advisory Council member, Professor Bertil van Boer, Musicology, Department of Music, Western Washington University for graciously providing his new edition of Kraus
s Olympie.

*Sturm und Drang, literally
storm and drive, (storm and urge, though conventionally translated as storm and stress) is a proto-Romantic movement in German literature and music that took place from the later 18th-century, in which individual subjectivity and extremes of emotion were given free expression in reaction to the perceived constraints of rationalism imposed by the Enlightenment and associated aesthetic movements.

Le Mozart Noir

Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745–1799), a musician, athlete, swordsman, and soldier was among the most fascinating figures during the years at the end of Frances old regime and during its age of revolution at the close of the eighteenth century. His compositions are unlike most French music of the time, being more akin to early Mozart in its rhythmic vigor and tunefulness.

One of the most celebrated individuals in Paris, Saint-Georges had various nicknames; one was
Le Mozart Noir, (The Black Mozart). On concert posters advertising both Mozarts music and that of Saint-Georges, the two often received equal billing.

Saint-Georges is known today as one of the major early contributors of African descent in the tradition of European classical music. He gained fame as a violinist, conductor, and composer; some of Europe
s top composers created violin works with Saint-Georges as the soloist in mind; and he led the premieres of some of Franz Joseph Haydns greatest symphonies.

Wolfgang das Wunderkind

Galimathias musicum is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts curious title for a light hearted quodlibet (medley) - an early chamber orchestra work penned by a precocious Wunderkind.

Galimathias: 18th-century, au courant term of obscure derivation describing a confused, unintelligible affair; thus loosely translated....
Musical Gobbledygook certainly exemplifies Wolfgangs youthful precociousness, nonetheless soundly evincing more genius than mere gibberish!

s Namesakes

First Church of Christ,  Scientist
Central Park West at 68
th Street
Saturday, March 4th at 7:30 pm
Welcoming spring, Frederick young Mozart at the keyboardRenz conducts the EM/NY orchestra with classical symphonic works by young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his namesakes of other European nations: Samuel Wesley - the English Mozart, Joseph Martin Kraus - the Swedish Mozart, Chevalier de St. Georges - Le Mozart Noir and Gioachino Rossini - the Italian Mozart.

EM/NY Orchestra:
Violin: Daniel Lee - concertmaster
Dongmyung Ahn, Nicholas DiEugenio, Chloe Fedor
Peter Kupfer,
Edson Scheid, Vita Wallace
Viola: Rachel Evans, Kate Goddard
Violoncello: Ezra Seltzer, Benjamin Wolff
Violone: David Chapman
Horn: Alexandra Cook, Sara Cyrus
Oboe: Julie Brye, Caroline Giassi
Bassoon: Ben Matus

Sebastian's Peers

First Church of Christ,  Scientist
Central Park West at 68
th Street
Saturday, May 6th at 7:30 pm
J S BachEM/NY's baroque chamber orchestra performs works by Johann Sebastian Bach and his celebrated counterparts: Georg Friedrich Händel, Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Friedrich Fasch and Christoph Graupner in ouvertures and concerti grossi for this high baroque, Tafelmusik feast to close the season.

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Near Lincoln Center, the First Church of Christ, Scientist faces Central Park at  68th St. and is reached via the M72, M10 and Columbus Ave. M7 & M11 bus lines; subways B & C to  72nd at Central Park West (70th St. exit) & #1 to 66th at Broadway. Parking garages are available along W. 68th and W. 66th Streets. For information regarding disability access call 212-280-0330.
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