From the time of Gluck in the mid-eighteenth century to that of Mahler and Schoenberg in the early twentieth, Vienna was the capital of musical capitals. Amongst the composers of genius drawn there were Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Richard Strauss and Lehár, not to mention such native sons as Schubert and Johann Strauss. In no other way was music quite so central, no were musical intrigues quite so poisonous!
In our Romantic Vienna programme (the first of three concerts focusing on the city) we shall be exploring the music and art of the Romantic period, presenting works by Schubert and Brahms, both of whom composed in the traditional forms established by the Classical Viennese trinity of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, but with very different results in terms of content. While Schubert’s music heralds the dawn of Romanticism, that of Brahms brings on its dusk.
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