Hear music for a king
It is not often you get kings, presidents and national leaders performing music.
However about 250 years ago, King Frederick the Great of Prussia attracted the best artists and musicians in Europe to his court, while he himself played flute to a high standard.
As a highly competent flute player, he performed the many concertos and sonatas his flute teacher, Quantz, composed for him.
The talented king also composed many flute sonatas.
At the same time, working at the court as a violinist, the bohemian composer and musician F. Benda also wrote flute sonatas.
With the royal influence extending far, even J.S. Bach wrote a piece for the king, the delightful Sonata in E Major.
A concert titled Music for a King will be held at 4 pm on November 12.
Greg Dikmans — Australia’s top performer on the wooden flute — will perform these pieces on a copy of a flute made by Quantz 250 years ago.
Striving to get the performance as close as possible to the way it would have been heard in 1700s, Mr Dikmans and Peter Hagen have researched the performance practices of the time.
Mr Hagen will present an interesting program in his salon — of music that a king would have heard and played as well as composed.
A piece composed by the king as well as another by his teacher form part of the suite of music in this concert.
Music for a King celebrates a time and place that we mostly now can only imagine.
These concerts are run in a secluded bush setting where the audience can sit close to the performers.
The venue details (between Broadford and Kilmore) will be supplied with your booking confirmation. Book online at www.trybooking.com/ OXSI
Booking is essential as there is limited seating. Tickets are $39 with a discount for early-bird tickets (early-bird offer closes 10 days before the concert).
A plate of five nibbles can be pre-ordered for $10. Email Peter on
or phone 5784 3884 for more information.