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A Spring Symphony
A Spring Symphony


Producer: Malta Philharmonic Orchestra
Admission Age: 6+
Venue: Teatru Manoel
Date: 27 April 2019
Time: 8pm
Price: €30 - €20 - €10


Michael Laus directs the MPO in a night showcasing works by Brahms, Webern and Schumann, with Italian pianist Pietro De Maria joining the orchestra for Brahms’ First Piano Concerto.

Schumann initially composed exclusively for the piano – he had been a virtuoso pianist before a hand injury ended his dream of a concert career – but on the encouragement of his wife Clara, wrote his first symphony a few months into their marriage. Nicknamed the Spring Symphony, Schumann claimed it was inspired by his “spring of love.”

The Schumanns befriended the young Brahms, and encouraged him as he set out to establish himself as a musician. Brahms had regularly sought feedback from Clara – one of the most renowned pianists of her generation – as he composed his First Piano Concerto, which she praised effusively, and in spite of a cold reception in its first two public performances, it became his first orchestral work to receive public and critical acclaim.

The concert also features Anton Webern’s orchestration of Bach’s Ricercar a 6, a fugue for keyboard from The Musical Offering, a collection based on a single musical theme provided by Frederick the Great of Prussia. Webern’s orchestration is notable for its Klangfarbenmelodie (sound-colour melody) technique, splitting musical lines between several instruments to add colour and texture to the work.


Johannes Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 14

Johann Sebastian Bach/Anton Webern – Ricercar a 6 from The Musical Offering, BWV1079

Robert Schumann – Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major “Spring,” Op. 38

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