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Gippsland Symphony Orchestra

The Majestic Mendelssohn

Sunday 7 August 2:00pm                                                                                        

Rightly taking his place in the pantheon of Classical music greats, Felix Mendelssohn is one of the most important German composers of all time. His music faultlessly combines the expressive elements of Romantic music with the clarity of Classical music and perfectly reflects the artistic attitude of his time: clarity, balance and discipline.

A prolific composer, Mendelssohn composed significant works in all styles during his short life, and is particularly known for his symphonies and overtures, including the overture for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and two oratorios – Elijah and St Paul.

Gippsland Symphony Orchestra is delighted to be presenting a celebration of Mendelssohn with the following pieces:

Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Opus 21
Mendelssohn adored the writing of Shakespeare and the overture, written when he was 17 years old, perfectly captures the works of fairies Oberon and Tatiana and the myriad characters that Shakespeare created.

Symphony No. 4 in A Major, op 90 (Italian)
After touring extensively and taking inspiration from his time in Italy, Mendelssohn described his Symphony No. 4 as the “happiest piece I have ever written” and is considered by many as being the ‘perfect’ symphony. Ironically, it was in 1851, four years after his death that it was published for the first time.

String Symphonies
Mendelssohn wrote 13 string symphonies between 1821 and 1823 (aged 12 to 14) which mirror the masterworks of Haydyn, J.C. Bach, C.P.E. Bach and Mozart. These symphonies are mature beyond the young years of the composer and point to the brilliance of his later symphonic works where he experimented with three, four and five movement forms.

Book your tickets now for an afternoon of music presented by Gippsland’s own symphony orchestra.

Full: $25
Concession: $20
Youth U18: $15

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