French Twist

30 May 2019 - 06 June 2019
French Twist

Experience the essence of eighteenth century France in this chamber music program of Devienne, Rameau, Jadin, Mozart and Haydn.

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Thursday 30 May, 7pm
Albert Hall, Yarralumla


Friday 31 May, 7pm
Berry Uniting Church Hall

Southern Highlands

Saturday 1 June, 3pm
The Rose Room, Burradoo

North Sydney

Sunday 2 June, 3pm
Independent Theatre, North Sydney


Tuesday 4 June, 7pm
Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House


Thursday 6 June, 7pm
Harold Lobb Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music

Mozart Flute Quartet in A major K. 298

Jadin String Quartet in C major Op. 3 No. 1

Devienne Flute Quartet in B minor Op. 16 No. 3

Haydn Symphony No. 87 in A major (Paris) arr. Lim

Rameau Cinquième Concert from Pieces de clavecin en concerts in D minor arr. Anon.

Mozart’s Flute Quartet in A major opens this French feast of chamber music. Although not written in France, the last movement of this charismatic work contains a French style Rondo highlighting Mozart’s comical reputation with the tempo indication: “not too fast, then not too slow. So-so, with great elegance and expression”.

Lesser-known French composer Hyacinthe Jadin dedicated his first set of three string quartets to Haydn. The Ensemble presents his beautiful String Quartet Op. 3 No. 1. Haydn’s influence is apparent in this delightful and playful work. Following this, the Devienne Flute Quartet Op. 16 No. 3 darkens the tone with its brooding opening movement in B minor. 

The turbulent mood continues with Haydn’s Symphony No. 87 in a string quartet arrangement believed to have been penned by Haydn himself. The symphony was part of his commission in the 1780s for the Parisian-based group Concerts de la Loge Olympique.

The program closes with a fittingly French work, Rameau’s Cinquième Concert from Pièces de clavecin en concerts, paying homage to earlier composers Forqueray and Marais. 

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