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Naomi Woo Conducts Haydn & Farrenc

Asper (A)bsolute Classics

Naomi Woo Conducts Haydn & Farrenc

In a nod to women in classical music, RBC Assistant Conductor Naomi Woo leads the WSO at the podium and at the piano with a Piano Concerto by Marianne von Martinez.

Martinez was a child prodigy whose harpsichord performance practice was compared to the style of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and whose compositions were so well regarded in her time that some scholars have suggested that Mozart modelled one of his masses after her own.

French composer and pianist Louise Farrenc battled for equality and was driven to make her tomorrow better than today. Encouraged by Clementi and Hummel, Hector Berlioz was a big fan of her overtures but it was her chamber music that made the biggest impact. The evening begins with a string quartet by Franz Joseph Haydn.

This concert was originally scheduled for March 12 & 13, 2021.

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Naomi Woo



Divertimento in E-flat major


Piano Concerto

Marianne von Martinez

Nonet in E-flat Major

Louise Farrenc

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  • Louise Farrenc battled for equality and she won. Although she was writing acclaimed music, Farrenc was paid far less than the male professors at the Paris conservatory where she was the only woman to be appointed to the position of professor in the 19th century. Farrenc wanted to change this and often protested to the authorities, trying to gain equality for nearly a decade. She also let her music do the talking, and after the very successful premiere of her Nonet in Eb Major she once again demanded equal play to her male counterparts, and it was granted.


  • Franz Joseph Haydn was greatly influenced by the women in his life. Four relationships in particular included the poet Anne Hunter, the pianist Therese Jansen, the soprano and composer Harriet Abrams and, most importantly, at a romantic level, the beautiful widow and music-lover Rebecca Schroeter.


  • Marianne von Martinez’s family were mid-level members of the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy. The poet Metastasio was a close family friend, and for many years, the family lived in the same building as singing teacher/composer Nicola Popora and father of the symphony, Franz Joseph Haydn. Metastasio was the first to see musical potential in Marianne and secured music lessons for her from her well-known housemates. Never marrying, she was able to devote her life to the arts, remaining an active composer, performer, and patron until her death in 1812.

Feb 27, 2021 | 7:30 pm
Livestream only


Approximately 60 minutes with no intermission

Series Sponsor:
Asper Foundation Gail Asper Family Foundation

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