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Music Inspired by the Countryside

  • St Peter’s Church 90 Kensington Park Rd London, W11 2PL United Kingdom (map)

Conductor Cathal Garvey
Piano Mark Bebbington


Weber Overture Der Freischütz
Finzi Eclogue for Piano and Strings
Vaughan Williams Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra
Brahms Symphony no. 1

Der Freischütz, Op. 77, J. 277, (usually translated as The Marksman or The Freeshooter) is a German opera with spoken dialogue in three acts by Carl Maria von Weber with a libretto by Friedrich Kind. It premiered on 18 June 1821 at the Schauspielhaus Berlin. It is considered the first important German Romantic opera, especially in its national identity and stark emotionality. The plot is based on the German folk legend of the Freischütz and many of its tunes were inspired by German folk music. Its unearthly portrayal of the supernatural in the famous Wolf’s Glen scene has been described as “the most expressive rendering of the gruesome that is to be found in a musical score”…[more from Wikipedia]

The Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68, is a symphony written by Johannes Brahms. Brahms spent at least fourteen years completing this work, whose sketches date from 1854. Brahms himself declared that the symphony, from sketches to finishing touches, took 21 years, from 1855 to 1876. The premiere of this symphony, conducted by the composer’s friend Felix Otto Dessoff, occurred on November 4, 1876, in Karlsruhe, then in the Grand Duchy of Baden…[more from Wikipedia]

Later Event: June 21
Newbury Choral Society