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The Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College

Haydn's "London" Symphony 104 in D Major

February 28

Haydn's "London" Symphony 104 in D Major

J Haydn, oil on canvas - J Hoppner, cir. 1791

The Conservatory Orchestra performs one of Haydn's most popular works, the last of his "London" trilogy.

This last Symphony, No 104, in D Major was premiered to the usual ecstatic acclaim at a concert in May, 1795 in London. It brought him the colossal sum of four thousand gulden. -- ‘Such a thing is only possible in England’, he recorded in his notebook. Whether or not he intended the work as his symphonic testament, its mingled grandeur and earthy vigour, argumentative power and visionary poetry make it a glorious final summation.

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809) was a prolific Austrian composer of the Classical period (this is his104th symphony -- Beethoven composed just nine!). His contributions to musical form have earned him the epithet "Father of the Symphony." His music circulated widely and for much of his career he was the most celebrated composer in Europe. He was a friend and mentor of Mozart, a teacher of Beethoven, and the older brother of composer Michael Haydn. No doubt the man traveled in ratified music circles.

Also on this same program, the Orchestra will offer Igor Stravinsky's Danse Concertantes, a number of works for chamber orchestra written in 1941–42. It has been used for ballets by numerous choreographers, including George Balanchine and Kenneth MacMillain, attracted by its undeniable danceability.-- from

George Rothman, Conductor

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Tuesday, February 28, 7:30pm

Walt Whitman Theatre


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