Haydn Mozart and Friends

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The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra is Australia's pre-eminent ensemble specialising in Historical Performance. Haydn Mozart and Friends was a concert toured Sydney and Melbourne and was performed 7 times. The concert was also recorded by Foxtel for the Arts Channel and was broadcast twice.

Research Significance
This concert featured the Australian premiere of the Sinfonia in E flat major by Christian Cannabich, composed in 1777. The inclusion of this piece was a great opportunity to put into practice some of the performance conventions outlined in a treatise by Johann Reichardt called "The duties of the Orchestral Violinist (Über die Pflichten des Ripien-Violinisten)", written in 1776, just one year before Cannabich's Symphony. The principles of bowing were of particular interest as they have largely been ignored, even by prominent proponents of Historical Performance. 

Research ContributionOf particular interest were the conventions of bowing outlined in the treatise (p.9-10). I edited the string parts according to Reichardt's specifications. Adhering to these conventions meant adjusting to new techniques that proved to be quite physically challenging as they were not yet second nature. The result however was very convincing as it created a new sound world and it really challenged the orchestra to rethink how they approach bowing in music from the second half of the 18th Century. 

Original languageEnglish
Size2 hours
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sept 2016


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