Australian Haydn Ensemble – Beethoven’s Eroica

Wesley Music Centre
7pm, Thursday 4 August 2022

This concert features three revolutionary symphonies by Wranitzky, Mozart and Beethoven in chamber form.


WRANITZKY Symphony in C minor Op. 31 La Paix (arr. Wranitzky) 1st movement
MOZART Symphony No. 40 K. 550 in G minor (arr. Cimador)
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Op. 55 Eroica (arr. Masi & Lim)

The great G minor of Mozart’s final symphonic triptych was completed in July 1788. A month earlier, troops opened fire on bread rioters in what some view as the beginning of the French Revolution. There’s no doubting it’s a ‘revolutionary’ work; here performed as a septet arranged by Cimador.

Paul Wranitzky was a friend of Haydn’s, and one of the few Haydn officially permitted to make arrangements of his music. The first movement of Wranitzky’s own work, La Paix, is a musical depiction of the Revolution proper. Premiering in 1797, it’s a stormy rip-roaring piece, peppered with heroic English, Prussian and Austrian marches to keep his aristocratic patrons happy.

On the other hand Beethoven’s Third Symphony of 1804 is not only a paeon to Napoleon, but its dedication was famously withdrawn when the general fell short of the composer’s radical liberal ideals. This miraculous piece, which smashes symphonic conventions with joyful abandon, will be performed in Masi’s passionate reinvention for septet.


Notes supplied by Australian Haydn Ensemble