From the ancient Greek for ‘sounded harmoniously’, the words ‘sinfonia’ and ‘symphony’ have been used for centuries.
Leonora Duarte, a Flemish composer who died before Bach was born, used it to describe her haunting works for viol ensemble. Carl Stamitz was a visionary, writing some of the first works that are recognisably modern symphonies. Haydn wrote over 100 symphonies building on Stamitz’s innovations.
Fast-forward to Britten’s youthfully delightful Simple Symphony, and finally to our commission of Australian composer Caerwen Martin, whose music reflecting on the sinfonias of Duarte brings us full circle.
Why you’ll love this concert
Sparkling Classical Symphonies
Chamber orchestras have their origin performing these powerhouse works in the dazzling palaces of European royalty. Join us for two of these joyous early symphonic works by Josef Haydn (sometimes called the father of the symphony) & Carl Stamitz.
The MCO front and centre
The Art of the Symphony is all about showcasing our orchestral musicians, their versatility and expressiveness as a tight-knit ensemble. Hear these incredible talents performing varied music from across 400 years.
Hear a musical voice across centuries
MCO Artistic Director Sophie Rowell has uncovered some precious musical jewels in the sinfonias of Baroque composer Leonora Duarte. Only a tiny amount of music by women has survived from this period, and Duarte’s hauntingly beautiful music powerfully evokes a completely different world from ours.
A New Sinfonia by Caerwen Martin
Can you imagine being among the first people to hear a new piece of music? Speaking to Leonora Duarte’s music across the centuries, Melbourne composer Caerwen Martin has written her Sinfonia No 1: Embracing Duarte. Come and hear musical history being made.
27 Aug - 30 Aug 23
WHERE + WHEN
MELBOURNE 27-08-2023 2:30pm Melbourne Recital Centre
MELBOURNE 31-08-2023 7:30pm Melbourne Recital Centre
“A CELEBRATION OF STRING POWER”
The Age on MCO
Sophie Rowell DIRECTOR
MELBOURNE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Carl STAMITZ Symphony in F major Op 24 No 3
Benjamin BRITTEN Simple Symphony
Leonora DUARTE Sinfonias 1, 2 & 6
Caerwen MARTIN Sinfonia No 1: Embracing Duarte*
Josef HAYDN Symphony No 49 in F minor Passion
“PURSUED GREATNESS WITH DETERMINATION + CONFIDENCE”
The Australian on MCO