Haydn's Dream & The Goldberg

24 September 2020 - 28 September 2020
Haydn's Dream & The Goldberg

String quartets to drift away and dream with.

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Thursday 24th September, 7pm
Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest


Friday 25th September, 7pm
Berry Uniting Church Hall, Berry

Southern Highlands

Saturday 26th September, 2.30pm
The Rose Room, Burradoo


Monday 28th September, 7pm
Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House

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Haydn String Quartet No. 40 in F major Op. 50 No. 5 The Dream

Beethoven String Quartet in F major Op. 18 No. 1

J.S. Bach Goldberg Variations BWV 988 (arr. for string quartet)

The subject of dreams has long occupied the imagination of composers, poets, and artists throughout history. AHE explores this subject with an intriguing collection of works including Haydn’s Dream Quartet, Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Beethoven’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s Tomb Scene from Romeo and Juliet.

Haydn’s beautiful string quartet Op. 50 No. 5, The Dream, takes its nickname from the undulating chords accompanying a rhapsodic violin line and the dissonances providing a lulling effect in its serene ‘poco adagio’ second movement.

Bach's famous Goldberg Variations, written at the request of Count Kaiserling for Goldberg to play to him during his many sleepless nights to lull him into a state of slumber, are some of his most listened-to works. The original variations were written for harpsichord. In this concert, AHE presents a newly commissioned arrangement for string quartet.

AHE also presents Beethoven’s magnificent string quartet Op. 18 No. 1. The slow movement of this work is thought to have been inspired by the tragic Tomb Scene of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, where Romeo, finding Juliet asleep, believes her to be dead and thus takes his own life in vain.   


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