Yesterday, Universitat de València’s Philharmonic Orchestra interpreted Händel at Serenates festival. At 22:30, the orchestra was conducted by Hilary García at Centre del Carme (C/Museu, 2. Valencia). Entrance is free, but invitation is required (they must be collected one hour before the concert).
The concert began with works by one of the great exponent of the British Baroque music, despite his German origin, Georg Friedrich Hädel (1685-1759). His elegant compositions are reflected in works such as the concert for harp and orchestra in B flat major (number 4, opus 4).
English musical historiography considers Händel one of the most relevant composers of the Baroque period along with Purcell. However, Britten was the the great composer of the previous century. Regarding his opus 4, the famous Simple symphony, it is a work he composed when he was young, for string orchestra, and he uses melodies he had written for piano when he was an adolescent. This work was opened in 1934 and the composer dedicated it to his viola teacher, Audrey Alston.
The second part beggins with a symphony in a reduced format. There is a change of composer, time and training. Now is time for Charles Gounoud (1818-1893) and his Petite symphonie, op. 216. He was particularly famous for his operas and stage music. This symphony is composed for wind instruments and is dedicated to Pau Taffanel.
Finally, the concert ends with an interpretation of Dmitri Xostakóvitx’s music. He was born in 1906 and died in 1975. He is one of the pillars of classical music of the last century for many reasons: he not only wrote chamber music but films sound tracks. Some pieces of the sound track of the film The Gadfly (1955) are going to be played in the concert.
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