Australian Haydn Ensemble at TDRF House Museum & Gallery

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Australian Haydn Ensemble 2018 best

Australian Haydn Ensemble 2018, celebrating success, courtesy Australian Haydn Ensemble

When I heard the news from Artistic Director Skye McIntosh, I couldn’t help but think how pleased South Australian philanthropist David Roche (1930 – 2015) would be to know the young acclaimed Australian Haydn Ensemble was to play a ‘bespoke’ program of sublime music at his home.

The very special evening will be in celebration of the The David Roche Foundation House Museum and Gallery (TDRF) in North Adelaide’s second birthday and will take place on Sunday June 3, 2018.

Entrance TDRF

Entrance to The David Roche Foundation House Museum and Gallery, North Adelaide

Visitors will be able to enjoy a private tour of the new gallery starting at 4:30 pm with TDRF Director Martyn Cook and Robert Reason the Senior Curator, followed by champagne, wines and a selection of cocktail food.


Artistic Director and Violin Skye McIntosh, courtesy Australian Haydn Ensemble photo Helen White

The Australian Haydn Ensemble will play at 6:30 pm and you will need book early to avoid disappointment. The musicians are on Violin Skye McIntosh (above) and Simone Slattery with James Eccles on Viola (below), Anton Baba Cello, Melissa Farrow Flute, and on Guitar, Simon Martyn-Ellis

The evolution of music over the ages from the medieval age were influenced by the Church and Royal patronage. Europe was ennobled by the expansion of world exploration and birth of the sciences and mood of absolutism at the court of Louis XIV, where the addition of drama and dance was part of the impetus for change.

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Viola: James Eccles, courtesy Australian Haydn Ensemble photo Helen White

During the eighteenth century in England, Europe and the Americas a much wider audience would gain access to both choral and instrumental music as their economies expanded and more and more people other than the aristocracy, gained in wealth and influence.

Music for playing in chambers developed due to the advent of printing music, which was circulated widely motivating and influencing other composers and musicians. This ‘Age of Enlightenment’ when all the composers featured for the TDRF concert arrived is renowned for music at first in the ‘baroque and then the ‘galante’ and classical styles.

The Music Lesson, c1760 courtesy The David Roche Foundation House Museum & Gallery

The Music Lesson, c1760 courtesy The David Roche Foundation House Museum & Gallery

The program is both diverse and delightful; Austrian Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) – London Trio in G major, Spaniard Fernando Sor (1778 – 1839) Introduction and Variations on a Theme by Austrian Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) Op. 9, Italian Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805) – Guitar Quintet G. 488 Fandango in D Minor and Joseph Haydn – Symphony No. 104 London.

Composer Luigi Boccherinie on his Cello, courtesy National Gallery of Victoria

Composer Luigi Boccherinie on his Cello, courtesy National Gallery of Victoria

Italian composer Luigi Boccherini influenced the evolution of the string quartet and as a cellist, strengthened the development of a new ‘conversational style’.

He is today admired for ‘his treatment of instrumental texture’, which was richly varied and emerged as one of the most characteristic features of his music.

His Guitar Quintet G. 488 Fandango in D Minor is like most of his works, both a joy and a delight. He is renowned for his works containing ‘gentleness, charm and with a dash of melancholy’

This works has three movements, 1. Pastorale 2. Allegro maestoso both of which are ‘gentle’ until during the second movement.

This is when the cello, gives us in the skilfull hands of Anton Baba, a glimpse of what Boccherini’s virtuosity on the instrument may have been like!.

Then there is movement 3. Grave assai – Fandango, which is a Spanish dance that builds into a passionate and lively affair with castanets clapping that will have your feet tapping.


Fernando Sor

Spanish Composer Fernando Sor

Spaniard Fernando Sor was a Catalan Romantic virtuoso performer, composer and teacher of guitar, who perhaps in-advisedly in hindsight, became involved in the politics of the day. This saw him on the move for many years and in Paris in 1815 when Napoleon was vanquished. He stayed there until 1823 with visits to London and other important musical centres.

Simon on Guitar AHE

Baroque and Romantic Guitar specialist, Simon Martyn-Ellis

His Méthode pour la guitar (Method for the Spanish Guitar, published in 1803 was translated into English 1832), and is still considered, in the early 21st century, a major contribution to classical guitar studies.

His Theme and Variations on a Theme from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” is among his best-known works, which included operas and ballets and pieces for voice, guitar, piano, and other instruments.

Mozart with a Spanish influence, couldn’t be more interesting.

Haydn and Mozart

Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Joseph Haydn specialised in musical form and posterity calls him the ‘Father of the String Quartet and the Symphony’ as he greatly influenced their development.

As a composer with his early works he attained a ‘certain freshness of melodic invention and sparkle marked them as the work of a future master’.

It was in the refined and amazing atmosphere at the Esterházy Court where his art matured, gaining the patronage of Prince Miklós and his family.

Baroque MusiciansIn 1791 he went to England for the first time when the Prince died. His subsequent meeting with eminent musicians changed his life and had a powerful influence on his work. Haydn was ‘feted’ and honoured by his colleagues and after receiving a ‘curiously cool reception on his return to Vienna in 1792’ he returned to London in 1794 where he was treated as an old and beloved friend by the King and courtiers.

Flautist Melissa Farrow, courtesy Australian Haydn Ensemble

Flautist Melissa Farrow, courtesy Australian Haydn Ensemble, photo Helen White

His London Trio in G major, written during his second visit featured the flute rather than a violin, according a variety of expression. The concert will end with Haydn with one of the last three symphonies he composed, the Symphony No. 104 London, as he reached even greater heights of inspiration.

TDRFShould all in all be a fabulous evening.  Be Quick!

Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2018

TDRF Adelaide FloraThe David Roche Foundation House Museum & Gallery

Australian Haydn Ensemble

Sunday June 3, 2018 at 4:30 pm


Haydn – London Trio in G major
Sor – Introduction and Variations on a Theme by Mozart Op. 9
Boccherini – Guitar Quintet G. 488 Fandango in D Minor
Haydn – Symphony No. 104 London

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