Haydn's Nature

07 February 2019 - 16 February 2019
Haydn's Nature

AHE opens its 2019 season with a string quartet program that celebrates Haydn’s love of the natural world.

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Newcastle

Thursday 7 February, 7pm
Newcastle Conservatorium
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North Sydney

Saturday 9 February , 3pm
Independent Theatre, North Sydney
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Sydney

Monday 11 February, 7pm
Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House
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Canberra

Thursday 14 February, 7pm
Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest
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Berry

Friday 15 February, 7pm
Berry Uniting Church Hall
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Southern Highlands

Saturday 16 February, 3pm
The Rose Room, Burradoo
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Haydn String Quartet in D major The Lark Op. 64 No. 5

Haydn String Quartet in C Major The Bird Op. 33. No. 3

Haydn The Creation for string quartet (selections) arr. Anon.

Haydn String Quartet in B flat major Sunrise Op. 76 No. 4

In our first program, Artistic Director and violinist Skye McIntosh and the AHE quartet explore Haydn and nature. The Ensemble perform three of Haydn’s beloved string quartets, Sunrise, The Bird and The Lark .

In The Lark, Haydn masterfully weaves the first violin part in joyous birdsong-like melodies that fly above the other instruments. The work finishes with a fiendishly difficult moto perpetuo. This is followed by Haydn’s delightful and playfully chirpy string quartet The Bird.

At the heart of the program are selections from Haydn’s famous oratorio, The Creation.  The Ensemble presents movements from an historical string quartet arrangements from the eighteenth century. 

One of Haydn’s indisputable works of genius, the String Quartet Op. 76 No. 4 (Sunrise) closes the program. Although it was not nicknamed by Haydn himself, the opening bars of the quartet clearly evoke the image of daybreak.

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