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Elixir Ensemble presents: Music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Apr 8, 2018

One of the last Viennese romantic composers, Korngold's music is marked by an extreme use of timbral colour and a broad range of emotion

The Elixir Ensemble presents:

Music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Vienna’s last great Romantic

Sunday, April 8
2:30 pm
Emmanuel Anglican Church
609 Dufferin Ave., Saskatoon

Tickets and infoelixirensemble.com and McNally Robinson Booksellers

Korngold (1897-1957) was an Austrian-born child prodigy – pianist, composer and conductor. Mahler called him “a musical genius” and Richard Strauss was also amazed by his abilities. Korngold wrote virtuosic and musically mature piano sonatas at the age of 13, cantatas and a successful opera “Die Tote Stadt” (The Dead City).

At the request of director Max Reinhardt, and due to the rise of the Nazi regime, Korngold moved to the U.S. in 1934 to write music scores for films. He was immediately successful and his style became the template for large orchestral film music to this day. One of the last Viennese romantic composers, his music is marked by an extreme use of timbral colour and a broad range of emotion, from the boisterous to the sublime, and an optimism that defies the dark expressionistic mood of the times.

Performers:
Oxana Ossiptchouk, violin
James Legge, viola
Scott McKnight, cello
Kathleen Solose (Department of Music), piano
Guest artist: Samuel Milner, violin

 

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