Upcoming Holiday Concert
Raleigh Symphony is on the road doing what we do best! Spreading the gift of music to young musicians in our area! Join us as we perform with the Leesville Rd Middle and High School Orchestras in their auditorium at 8410 Pride Way, Raleigh NC on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 7:00pm.
Raleigh Symphony will perform a side by side concert with these talented musicians. Come hear holiday classics such as Winter Wonderland, The Holly and the Ivy, and Frosty the Snowman as well as orchestral favorites Sibelius’ Finlandia, Grieg’s Zwei Melodien and Haydn’s Symphony No. 44.
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Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) – Finlandia
Sibelius wrote the symphonic poem Finlandia in 1899, and revised it in 1900. The piece was composed for the Press Celebrations of 1899, a covert protest against increasing censorship from the Russian Empire, and was performed as an accompaniment to a tableau depicting episodes from Finnish history. Finlandia had to be performed under alternate names at various concerts, in order to avoid Russian censorship.
Much of the piece is taken up with rousing and turbulent music, evoking the national struggle of the Finnish people. Near the end of the work, a calm comes over the orchestra and the melodic Finlandia Hymn is heard. The Hymn section is of Sibelius creation, and is not a traditional folk melody. Although the Hymn is one of the most important national songs of Finland, it is not the Finnish national anthem.
It is also sung as a Christian hymn (Be Still, My Soul), and was the national anthem of the short-lived African state of Biafra.
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) – Symphony #44 ‘Trauer’
Haydn’s Symphony #44 was written in 1772. The nickname of the symphony translates to ‘mourning’. This piece was written during Haydn’s ‘sturm und drang’ (storm and stress) period. He had been in the employ as Kapellmeister of the royal Esterhazy family since 1766. Some of the symphonies he wrote between 1766 and 1772 show how much Haydn was experimenting. This symphony and #49 are both in minor keys, and are especially expressive and dramatic, and different in structure from most Haydn symphonies.
The work is in four movements and is scored for two oboes, bassoon, two horns, continuo and strings.
Allegro con brio – This movement is in sonata form. It begins with a four-note motif played in unison, which occurs throughout the movement.
Menuetto: Allegretto– Here Haydn reverses the order of the inner movements and balances the intense emotions of the first and third movements with a minuet in between them. The minuet is in the form of what is known as a “Canone in Diapason” between the upper and lower strings, with the lower strings trailing the upper strings by a single measure.
Adagio – Haydn gave the symphony the nickname ‘mourning’, in no small part because of this movement. Later in his life Haydn requested this piece be played at his funeral.
Presto – The finale, like the first movement, is in sonata form, and is dominated by a figure which opens the movement in unison. It is quite contrapuntal, and ends in E minor rather than finishing in the usual major key.