Thrill to the sound of the wind Harmonie, playing the cover songs of the classical era.
In Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven's day, the hits from the latest operas were arranged for groups of wind musicians who performed in the homes of the rich, and in spas, pubs, and pleasure gardens for the public. These ensembles, called Harmonie, became the juke box of the eighteenth century, playing not just covers of popular opera music but original works by Viennese masters as well.
Now it's your turn to hear this brilliant form of ensemble playing as Tafelmusik and special guests bring the world of Harmonie to glorious life. Spirited and appealing arrangements of Mozart and Rossini’s greatest operatic hits sit side by side with a sublime serenade by Mozart, an arresting sextet by Beethoven, and a world premiere by Canadian composer Cecilia Livingston.
What's interesting about this concert:
- A sound, once extremely popular, that we don't hear much anymore, in a unique combination of catchy classical arrangements and more probing compositions.
- A showcase for Tafelmusik’s wind players, the backbone of the orchestra for decades—Marco Cera, John Abberger, Dominic Teresi, and our brand new bass player, Pippa MacMillan.
- Did you know? The Harmonie was so popular among the nobility that Mozart wrote one into one of his operas: the banquet scene of Don Giovanni, where the Harmonie is actually playing selections from The Marriage of Figaro!
- Mozart Serenade in C Minor, K.388
- Beethoven Sextet, op. 71
- Cecilia Livingston World premiere
- Arrangements of selections from Mozart Così fan tutte & The Magic Flute and Rossini Barber of Seville.
Photo: Contrails, Laura Millard