Art Alert: An evening with 'The Queen' at Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Ahram Online , Monday 18 Jan 2016

Among the compositions performed by the Biblitoheca Alexandrina Chamber Orchestra will be Haydn's Symphony dubbed ‘The Queen’

Christoph-Mathias Mueller
Christoph-Mathias Mueller (Photo: fragment form the Bibliotheca Alexandrina's promotional material)

On Saturday 23 January, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Christoph-Mathias Mueller, will perform works from the Classical music era.

The evening will include Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's Symphony in F, H.665 (Wq.183/3), Mozart's Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201/186a and Haydn's Symphony No. 85 in B flat major, dubbed "La Reine."

C.P.E. Bach was Johann Sebastian Bach’s second (surviving) son, the composer’s fifth child. C.P.E Bach represents a bridge that moved music history from Baroque towards Classicism.

He composed many choral and liturgical works, chamber pieces, keyboard sonatas, concertos, as well as over 20 symphonies. Symphony in F is a brief, 10-minute long composition.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was only 18-years-old when he composed his Symphony No. 29. It is considered one of the finest works of that time, testifying to the mastery of the young musician.

An interesting story lies behind Haydn's Symphony No. 85 in B flat major "La Reine," the favorite composition of Marie Antoinette (1755 – 1793), Queen of France.

The fourth of the six "Paris" symphonies composed in 1785, the work is one of the Haydn’s most remarkable achievements. The creation of the Paris Symphonies is linked to the time when France’s various societies enjoyed the concert-life practice.

Haydn's music has been very popular in Parisian circles, being played in salons and concert halls. When Marie Antoinette expressed her appreciation towards Symphony No. 85, the publisher instantly added the subtitle ‘La Reine de France’ (The Queen of France) to the first edition.

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Christoph-Mathias Mueller, the Peru-born Swiss/German conductor, is currently also the General Music Director of the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester (Germany).

Mueller has several conducting achievements to his name and is frequently invited to conduct international orchestras. He won the International Conducting Competition in Cadaqués, Spain (2000).

Between 2001 and 2005, he was assistant conductor to Claudio Abbado at the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. In the 2004-2005 season, he was the Cairo Symphony Orchestra's principal conductor and music director.

Saturday 23 January, 7pm
Bibliotheca Alexandrina, great hall, Alexandria 

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