‘Mu­sic in Minia­ture’ spans six cen­turies

Smith and Trud­geon aim to ed­u­cate and en­ter­tain with their UCT Sum­mer School con­certs

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lec­ture/con­cert, so peo­ple can choose in­di­vid­ual nights if they wish.

“The open­ing pre­sen­ta­tion fea­tures ex­cerpts from Plain­song and the very first com­po­si­tion for key­board, dated 1325, which I shall play on the or­gan; and there’ll be some madri­gals and El­iz­a­bethan mu­sic, some of it quite beau­ti­ful but rarely played.

“In the baroque con­cert, works by Tele­mann, Han­del, Bach and Couperin will be per­formed as we cel­e­brate the age of Sun King Louis XIV.

“Con­cert num­ber three is de­voted to Mozart and Haydn while the Ro­man­tic evening fea­tures works like Schu­bert’s ex­quis­ite Shep­herd on a Rock, Beethoven’s Ghost Trio and Men­delssohn’s Songs without Words, as well as the last piece com­posed for or­gan by Brahms.

“For the fi­nal evening we have some­thing very spe­cial – a work dat­ing from the 1960s by US com­poser Ge­orge Crumb, which is a plea for the con­ser­va­tion of the whale. Ti­tled Voice of the Whale, it’s scored for pi­ano, cello, and flute, the lat­ter dou­bling as vo­cal­ist. It’s a the­atre piece, played un­der blue lights in masks, and is hugely poignant. Af­ter that, we have a lol­lipop to send every­one home happy: Al­bie van Schalk­wyk will play a Mozart pi­ano con­certo with an orches­tral en­sem­ble, which is cer­tainly a high note on which to end.”

Mu­sic in Minia­ture con­certs take place from Mon­day to Fri­day at 8pm at the Bax­ter Con­cert Hall. Tick­ets are avail­able at the door or book on 021 650 2888.

CLAS­SI­CAL: Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart

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