Woodend Winter Arts Festival - 6 - 9 June 2014
2014 Program launch - 22 March 2014
Our 10th Anniversary Festival is coming and we're ready for launch!
Join us for the launch fo the 2014 program, in conjunction with Duneira, with the fabulous Acacia String Quartet performing World's Apart.
Australian born Alfred Hill was an aspiring twenty year old when he travelled to the other side of the world to study music in Leipzig. Between 1887 and 1891 Hill was a student of Hans Sitt at the Royal Conservatorium of Music in Leipzig and began working on his first string quartet (he wrote a total of 17). He was invited to play second violin in the famous Gewandhaus Orchestra and was conducted by Brahms as well as Tchaikovsky, Grieg and Bruch. This inspiring period was to have a lasting influence on Alfred Hill and greatly influenced his northern European Romantic style of writing.
In contrast, Johannes Brahms had been composing for more than 30 years by 1891 and had already completed 3 string quartets, 2 string quintets and 4 symphonies. It is said that Brahms spent over ten years working on his first string quartet and had burnt nearly twenty quartets before he was content to publish his string quartets Nos 1 & 2, Op 51. at the age of forty.
The program will feature – Hill: No. 1 in B flat major and Brahms: No. 2, Op. 51 in A minor.
St Ambrose Church, Saturday 22 March, 2.30 - 3.30pm. $35 / $25 concession . Booking essential - book online or by phoning 5426 1490.
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