Press Release (1 September 2010)
Goodnight Vienna - Midnight Serenades
Simon Murphy (viola) and members of The Hague’s Baroque Orchestra, The New Dutch Academy (NDA), will perform a special programme of Viennese Serenades and Notturni on Sunday 10 October 2010 in the glittering atmosphere one of the Netherlands most beautiful, historic concert halls, The Hague’s Theater Diligentia (1804). Featuring music for Flute, Guitar, Viola and Cello, the intimate programme, entitled "Goodnight Vienna", explores both tuneful and virtuosic music from the early 19th century Viennese salons with works by Molino, Beethoven and Paganini.
Works for instrumental chamber combinations such as Flute, Viola and Guitar were extremely popular in the early 19th century, with composers clearly revelling in the magical combination of the silvery moonlight of the flute and the singing tenor of the viola, all accompanied by the softly strummed, serenading guitar.
In an extensive research project looking at the serenade genre, members of the NDA have trawled the world’s archives, rediscovering many gems. These discoveries form the basis for this exciting concert programme.
The programme culminates with a more well known work in this genre – Schubert’s classic Serenade for Flute, Viola, Guitar and Violoncello – interestingly, itself an arrangement of an earlier work of Schubert’s contemporary Matiegka.