Hear mu­sic for a king

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.

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