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Mozart and the Tailor

 

Strings & Glass - the art of tradition

Vienna Glass Armonica Duo and Spielmusik Schönfeldinger  

One of Europe's most renowned chamber music ensembles performing in concert with one of Austria's finest traditional folk music groups? 

Christa and Gerald Schönfeldinger, both completed their studies in violin in Vienna, founded the Vienna Glass Armonica Duoin 1991, and today are an integral part of the European concert scene. Gerald, however, also descends from the wide-ranging folk music dynasty known as the Schönfeldinger-Musikanten, from Bernstein in the Austrian province of Burgenland, which has been performing entertainment music at the highest level of quality since 1839.

 

 

About the Programme:

The programme begins with purely classical music on the Glass Armonica and Verrophon: Mozart's brilliant late work, the Adagio for glass armonica KV 617a, Antonio Vivaldi's "Largo" from "Vier Jahreszeiten", the "Steirischen Tänze" by Josef Lanner or the "Norwegischen Tänze" composed by  Eduard Grieg.

 

With the first piece after the interval, "Unterm Vogelbeerbaum", the artists paint a musical picture of a popular Austrian folk-dance, the Landler, performed on gespielt auf glass armonika, two violins and contrabass, Imagine a beautiful summer's day: you breathe in the fragrance of hay as you lie "under the rowan tree". To enjoy the second composition, you may as well remain lying in the long grass as you listen to Josef Strauss' evocative tone-picture of "The Dragonfly" ("Die Libelle").

Then it's time to wake up with the fast polka "Aufgeweckt" by Karl Schönfeldinger. Karl Schönfeldinger's compositions take you through the rest of the concert, performed by the Schönfeldingers on stringed instruments only.

 

If W.A.Mozart and Karl Schönfeldinger were in the audience, they would both be listening with enjoyment and smiling... but maybe they are.


 

For this reason it's not a far leap from W. A. Mozart 

to Karl Schönfeldinger (1897 - 1979), the village 

musician, farmer and tailor, whose admirers called 

him the "Strauss of Bernstein". He succeeded in 

combining the flavour of the melodies of imperial 

Vienna with his own processes of musical 

development so as to create, with tenderness 

and love, something genuine of his own that 

manifested the very essence of music.

 

 

 


 

About the Programme: 

 

The programme begins with purely classical music on the Glass Armonica and Verrophon: Mozart's brilliant late work, the Adagio for glass armonica KV 617a, Antonio Vivaldi's "Largo" from "Vier Jahreszeiten", the "Steirischen Tänze" by Josef Lanner or the "Norwegischen Tänze" composed by  Eduard Grieg.

With the first piece after the interval, "Unterm Vogelbeerbaum", the artists paint a musical picture of a popular Austrian folk-dance, the Landler, performed on gespielt auf glass armonika, two violins and contrabass, Imagine a beautiful summer's day: you breathe in the fragrance of hay as you lie "under the rowan tree". To enjoy the second composition, you may as well remain lying in the long grass as you listen to Josef Strauss' evocative tone-picture of "The Dragonfly" ("Die Libelle").

Then it's time to wake up with the fast polka "Aufgeweckt" by Karl Schönfeldinger. Karl Schönfeldinger's compositions take you through the rest of the concert, performed by the Schönfeldingers on stringed instruments only. 

 

If  W.A. Mozart and Karl Schönfeldinger were in the audience, they would both be listening with enjoyment and smiling... but maybe they are.


 

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