Composer Connections in Heartland Classics

07 July 2016 / News

We’ve discovered some interesting links between many of the composers and works on our Heartland Classics programme. Read about them below, and scroll down further for Rolf’s personal insight into one of the works the NZSQ will be playing on the upcoming tour: Schubert’s beautiful Quartettsatz.

  • Mozart, Schubert and Mendelssohn were all child prodigies and prolific composers who died in their thirties.

  • Mozart met Haydn for the first time in December 1771. Over the next two years, he composed a set of six quartets and dedicated them to Haydn.

  • After hearing the first three of Mozart’s quartets, Haydn told Mozart’s father: “I tell you before God, and as an honest man, that your son is the greatest composer I know, either personally or by reputation”. One of these three was the Quartet in E-flat, K. 428, composed in June-July 1773.

  • After completing his American Quartet, Dvorak wrote: "When I wrote this quartet in the Czech community of Spillville in 1893, I wanted to write something for once that was very melodious and straightforward, and dear Papa Haydn kept appearing before my eyes, and that is why it all turned out so simply. And it’s good that it did."

  • Like Mozart, Mendelssohn often composed entire works in his head before committing them to paper. Robert Schumann said of him: “He is the Mozart of the 19th century, the most illuminating of musicians, who sees more clearly than others through the contradictions of our era and is the first to reconcile them.

  • Mendelssohn used his position as conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra to lead a revival of interest in the works of Schubert.

Schubert’s Quartettsatz literally means 'Quartet Movement' Rolf tells us a little more about the piece in this video.

The Heartland Classics tour takes place from 31 July to 21 August with concerts in 11 centres across the country. In the North Island, we'll perform in Whanganui, Porirua, Wellington, Martinborough, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Howick and Waiheke Island. And in the South Island, our tour takes us to Geraldine, Invercargill and Blenheim. See here for full concert details.


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