MCO: The Art of Symphony

Wednesday 6th of September 2023

From the ancient Greek for ”˜sounded harmoniously”™, the words ”˜sinfonia”™ and ”˜symphony”™ have been used for centuries... read more.


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. Johann 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 the commission of Australian composer Caerwen Martin, whose music reflecting on the sinfonias of Duarte brings us full circle.


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