Next concert:

Youthful Viennese Masterpieces

Sunday 10 May 2015, 7.30 pm

St Dunstan’s Church Mayfield

Mayfield Festival Choir will be conducted by Jeremy Summerly with London Primavera led by Paul Manley and soloists Eloise Irving, Abigail Broughton, William Blake and Tristan Hambleton.

  • Franz Schubert (1797-1828): German Stabat mater D383 (1816)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91): Mass in C minor K427 (1782/3)

The Great Mass in C minor was written when Mozart had recently moved to Vienna in order to find fame and fortune. It was designed to show the people of his native Salzburg what a success he was making of his freelance career in the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Even more importantly, the C-minor Mass was composed to showcase the vocal prowess of Mozart’s new wife, Constanze, whom Mozart took as his Soprano soloist to Salzburg in order to parade her in front of his father, sister, and former employer, the Archbishop of Salzburg.

In this concert, Mozart’s 27-year old powers of invention are complemented by the genius of the 20-year old Schubert. Schubert’s German Stabat mater was also written in Vienna and was dedicated to the composer’s brother, Ferdinand. Unlike the Latin words to the Stabat mater, which concentrate on Mary’s grief at her son’s suffering on the cross, the German paraphrase of the text puts the figure of Christ at the heart of the Schubert’s oratorio.

This concert may be unsuitable for anyone over the age of thirty, since the high level of creative assurance and technical proficiency displayed by the young Mozart and Schubert can fuel dangerous levels of envy.

 

Why not make an evening of it in Mayfield?

Mayfield has several excellent pubs and restaurants providing pre-concert food an post-concert drinks.

Pink Cabbage Produce Co. (High St)
Will be offering a special pre-concert supper menu at £10 per person. Call the restaurant to make a reservation (01435 872557)

The Middle House (High Street)
Serves food on Sundays until 9 pm (01435 872146)

Rose & Crown (at the bottom of Fletching Street)
Serves food on Sundays until 6 pm (01435 872200)

 

 

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