International tour – Bruges
About the program
Mozart and Mendelssohn. When the routes of wunderkinder intersect… The first part of the concert is dedicated to Mozart. He wrote The Magic Flute in 1791, shortly before his death, and he himself conducted it at its 30 September premiere at the Theater auf der Wieden. Its overture eventually found its way into concert halls as well. The young Mozart, who was a splendid violinist, probably familiarized himself with the Italian violin concertos during his visits to Italy. While in Paris, he absorbed the influence of the French style of concerto, particularly the manner of the Italian-born G. B. Viotti. It was also under these influences that the 19-year-old composer wrote five violin concertos in a single year, in 1775. The most popular of these is probably the one in A major, now on the programme, which has received the sobriquet “Turkish”, because contemporaries felt one its episodes was oriental in mood.
Without any special occasion, the 17-year-old Mendelssohn wrote an orchestral overture for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The piece brought overnight fame to a composer who, despite his age, was well past his search for a direction—past, in fact, a series of brilliant works—and was a seasoned master. Sixteen years later, Prussian king Frederick William IV commissioned him to write incidental music for Shakespeare’s drama, and Mendelssohn complied in 1842-43. The piece, which was presented in Potsdam in October 1843, in the presence of the court and select guests, went on to be “compulsory” for productions of the play for a long time, and its suite version became a concert hall sensation. Our concert presents the complete incidental music.