Event Details

Date Sat 29th Oct 2016
Event Haydn Symphonies Project - part 2
Venue Dipton Community Centre,
Front St.,
Description Ever since we played all of Beethovenís 9 symphonies at the Big Play in Middlesbrough I have been trying to work out how we could play all 106 of Joseph Haydnís symphonies (including the A&B Symphonies).

Haydn was a prolific symphony writer and between 1757 and 1795 he developed the symphony immensely in complexity. Haydnís story sees him go from choirboy to freelance musician, from music teacher to accompanist, from Kapellmeister for wealthy Austrian and Hungarian families to a celebrity in Vienna and London. Beethoven was one of Haydnís pupils and Haydn was greatly impressed with Mozartís work and they are said to have occasionally played together in string quartets.

The symphonies are innovative, sometimes humorous, sometimes with soloists and many are well known by their nicknames.
The Haydn Symphonies Project will be looking to play all 106 symphonies in quarterly sessions over a 5 year period. They last in total about 36 hours.
Musicologists agree that the Hob. numbers given to the symphonies by Anthony van Hoboken do not truly reflect the order in which they were written. We will be trying to play them chronologically which will give players an insight into the way the symphony developed over this period although we may need to group some symphonies where for instance flutes or trumpets were introduced to ensure that sessions keep all players fully involved.

In addition to the development of the symphony this period also sees the development of the orchestra. Starting with strings, oboes and horns additional instruments are added over the years and by 1795 we see flutes, clarinets, bassoons, trumpets and timps in regular use.
The symphonies to be played and their orchestration will be published with the enrolment forms for each session. The first two sessions will be for an orchestra comprising strings, oboes and horns. As a compromise between trying to retain an authentic orchestra, and making the sessions available to more players to participate the following additional players are welcome to participate in these initial sessions:-
Flutes Ė to double oboe parts
Bassoons - to double cello parts
Clarinets - to play oboe parts (in C) but no transposed parts will be provided.
The sessions will become progressively more inclusive.

The second session will be at Dipton Community Centre on Saturday 29 October 2016 from 2.00pm to 5.00 pm when we will look at more of the first symphonies.

There will be a tea/coffee/cake break and any cake contributions from players would be most welcome at these events.

I hope that you are all as enthusiastic as I am for this project. Please complete your booking forms as soon as possible so that I can ensure we have sufficient music on the day and I look forward to seeing you.
Downloads Information and enrolment form
Contact For more information about this event please contact Lorna Wright events@cobweborchestra.org.uk 0788 034 6145


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