Estonian music salons in the Sala della Maddalena in Santa Croce
Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at 5.30 pm, the penultimate appointment of the 2019 Youth Orchestra Festival. The Estonian Magic String, consisting of 13 young musicians from the Tallin Od Town Music School, will perform in the Sala della Maddalena of the Basilica of Santa Croce (entrance from Via San Giuseppe, 5 - FI).
The concert opens with the pop song by the American composer Leroy Anderson Arietta, composed in 1962. From the USA to Goethe's German romantic ballad for the music of Franz Schubert, the lied The king of the Elves . A musical picture that well outlines the character of the three characters: the calm and the initial serenity of the father, the fear and anguish of the little son prey to a delirious fever, the King of the Elves seen by the child, who calls him to himself , sneaky and almost diabolical, personification of that death that snatches the little one from the arms of his father, struggling in a cavalcade, without hope, towards the village closest to the search for the saving cure.
The Viennese Serenade Joseph Hellmesperger, violinist director of the Wiener Philharmoniker after Mahler's death, precedes the standard Beautiful Dreamer by Stephen Forster, composed in 1862 and brought to success, in the 1900s, by the Beatles for the arrangement of Gerry Goffin and Jack Keller of their first tour. From the dreamer to dreams, with Forgotten dreams by Leroy Anderson, taken from the homonymous album by the songwriter of 2014.
From pop to classicism with the execution of the Mozart Trio that will see the three young solo violins Ursula Melsas, Karoliina Kuppart, Ingmar Kiviloo, come to the stage, dealing with the virtuoso and cantabile pages of the Salzburg enfant prodige .
From Austria to Germany with Johannes Brahms and his Waltz taken from op. 39 , a popular page imbued with the melodic creativity typical of the Hamburg master who alternates brilliant moments with melancholy phrases of a gypsy flavor.
From Brahms to Zdeněk Fibich, Czech composer, known for his great chamber and symphonic production, with Poem crossing Czech nationalism with Wagnerian symphony. And we also find popular nationalism in the composition of the organist Miina Härma, Ei saa mitte vaiki olla .
From music to folk dances, with the slow waltz op. 33 by Oskar Merikanto, Finnish composer who founded the National Opera House in Helsinki. The witness then passes to Russia with the execution of Waltz no. 2 and Romance of Dmitry Shostakovich; the first song known to the general public because it was chosen by Kubrick as the soundtrack for his 1999 film Eyes wide shut ; the second from The Gadfly Suite op. 97a , written in 1955 for the Soviet film The Gadfly , in turn taken from the eponymous novel by Ethel Lilian Voynich .
The Christian anthem Amazing Grace , thanks to God on a text by John Newton, a former slave ship captain, for his conversion to Christianity, precedes the concluding piece of the evening: Hisaki's Kaze no oka .
Conducts Maestro Tereza Šmerling.
Free and free admission.
For info: www.florenceyouthfestival.it
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