The musical genius and the composers living in his shadow

Mozart and His Contemporaries

Sunday, May 3 2020 | 3:00 PM

The Program

Cartellieri                   Symphony in C Major

Pleyel                          Symphony in C Major

Mozart                        Violin Concerto N. 4

Wranitzky                    Symphony in D Major

About This Program

  • While there was no one who could compare to Mozart in terms of skill and style, several now long forgotten composers were able to enjoy a fair bit of popularity during the genius’ lifetime. Of Italian and Latvian descent, Antonio Cartellieri was court composer to a Polish count, and would take part in the premiers of various works by his dear friend Beethoven.

  • Composing 41 symphonies, 70 string quartets and several operas, the French composer Ignaz Pleyel would go on to make a name for himself as one of the world’s premier piano builders.

  • Also quite prolific was Paul Wranitzky. Originally from Moravia in the Czech Republic, he would eventually move to Vienna and hold conducting posts at both royal theatres. In fact, Haydn and Beethoven preferred him to conduct their new works and his opera Oberon, The Fairy King would go on to partially inspire Mozart’s Magic Flute.

1 hour and 30 minutes, with intermission

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