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Mozart, Cimarosa & Bartók

(B)eyond Classics

Mozart, Cimarosa & Bartók

A Bach inspired fugue by W. A. Mozart opens this concert, followed by a work from one of the composer’s contemporaries, Domenico Cimarosa.  Today the Italian composer is certainly not as famous as Mozart or even Antonio Salieri, but in his time was very much celebrated. WSO principal flutist Jan Kocman and WSO flutist Alex Conway are cast in the spotlight with Cimarosa’s Concerto for 2 flutes which was written at the height of his popularity. To end this part of the program, the WSO strings get another opportunity to delight audiences with Béla Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances.

For the final half of this concert the WSO brass takes centre stage. They’ll perform works by English Renaissance composer John Dowland and contemporary Canadian composer Violet Archer. Rounding out the evening the brass section takes us back to where we began, if you will, with Samuel Barber’s Mutations from Bach.



Julian Pellicano


Jan Kocman


Alex Conway



Adagio & Fugue in C minor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Concerto in G major for 2 Flutes & Orchestra

Domenico Cimarosa

Romanian Folk Dances for String Orchestra

Béla Bartók

Suite from Lachrimae or Seven Teares for Brass Ensemble

John Dowland

Fantasy in the form of a passacaglia for Brass and Timpani

Violet Archer

Mutations from Bach

Samuel Barber

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  • Baron Gottfried van Swieten exposed W. A. Mozart to J.S. Bach during his early days in Vienna. As he recounted in a 1782 letter to his sister: “Baron van Swieten, whom I visit every Sunday, gave me all the works of Handel and Sebastian Bach to take home with me after I had played them through to him. When Constanze heard the fugues she fell quite in love with them. She will listen to nothing but fugues now…. Having often heard me play fugues off the top of my head, she asked if I had ever written any down, and when I said I had not, she scolded me very thoroughly for not having written anything in this most artistic and beautiful of musical forms….”


  • Béla Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances is based on seven Romanian tunes from Transylvania, originally played on fiddle or shepherd’s flute. Audiences will be treated Arthur Willner’s arrangement for string orchestra.


  • Violet Archer commuted to New York in the summer of 1942 for private study with the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, who introduced her to Hungarian folk tunes and to variation technique, and instilled in her an abiding interest in folk music. He also inspired her to explore different types of modes and rhythms.


  • John Dowland, English composer, virtuoso lutenist, and skilled singer, was one of the most famous musicians of his time. His famous Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares Figured in Seaven Passionate Pavans, became one of the most widely known compositions of the time.


  • Samuel Barber‘s Mutations from Bach is based on “Christe, du Lamm Gottes” (Christ, you Lamb of God), a Lutheran hymn often referred to as the “German Agnus Dei”. Barber states the hymn melody at the outset and then “transforms” or “mutates” it from its original form into several contrasting episodes, concluding back to the original hymn melody.

Mar 13, 2021 | 7:30 pm
Livestream only


Approximately 60 minutes with no intermission

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