What’s next? Theresia in a music capitalBy Emilia Campagna
September 26, 2018
Autumn has started in the best way: our winds residency in Lodi was a success! You can give a look to some shots from the concert here. But, we can’t rest on our laurels, as the next step is actually around the corner!
The last residency of the year is going to be very special indeed: it will start on 1st October in Ossiach, a beautiful little town in Austria. Surrounded by mountains and nearby a beautiful lake, it is the ideal place for a week of job and focus on the music.
The orchestra will be conducted by Chiara Banchini, a specialist when it comes to classical repertoire performed on original instruments.
As usual, during the residency, the orchestra will study the repertoire that eventually will be performed in concert. Actually, there will be two concerts: the first one, in Ossiach itself, on 6th October. For the second one, the orchestra will move to a very music capital, Munich: Theresia will perform on 7th October in the beautiful Max Joseph Saal. It’s our debut in Germany, so we are all very excited!
The concert will start with the Ouverture from “L’Isola Disabitata” by Franz Joseph Haydn: “L’isola disabitata” (“The uninhabited island”) is an opera composed by Franz Joseph Haydn in 1779: according to music historians, it represents the composer’s attempt to abandon the Italian “opera seria” style and update his style on the model carried forward by Gluck. The opera wasn’t successful, not at its time, neither in later reprises. Yet the Overture stayed firmly in the orchestral repertoire, due to the dramatic atmosphere and the characteristics that make it like a miniature Symphony, split into four sections with alternate fast and slow movements.
Then, Theresia will perform Symphony in C major “Violino obbligato” VB 138 by Joseph Martin Kraus, soloist TYO’s first violin, the Italian Gemma Longoni. Kraus, born in 1756 and died in 1792, spent most of his professional life in Sweden, composer at the court of King Gustav III. During a Grand Tour of Europe that lasted five years, Kraus met some of the most relevant composers of his time, including Joseph Haydn, who called him “The first genius I ever met”. Kraus’ Symphony VB 138 “Violino Obbligato” is one of the best examples of Sinfonia concertante of the XVIII century, performed by the young soloists of Theresia.
Joseph Haydn’s Symphony n. 81 in G major will conclude the concert: it comes from a series of three symphonies completed in late 1784 (nos. 81, 80 and 79, presumably in that order). As with so many of his symphonies, Haydn wrote this one to provide new music for his employer, Prince Nikolaus Esterházy: it contains some intriguing harmonic and structural features.