Saturday 17th March at 7:30 p.m.
Rossini Stabat Mater
Location: Church of St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage
Once again we have the wonderful Brandenburg Sinfonia with us as we perform the Rossini Stabat Mater.
In the 1830s Rossini's musical output as a composer declined in volume. In 1831 he was commissioned by a Spanish prelate to produce a Stabat Mater but was unwell and another composer produced some sections of the work. Copyright issues over this version plagued its performance until the 1840s when Rossini revised the remaining sections and published the work as it is today. It was first performed in 1842.
[Notes derived from a Making Music Programme note on the piece]
Schubert's Symphony No. 5
In character, the writing is often said to resemble Mozart; Schubert was infatuated with the composer at the time he composed it, writing in his diary on June 13 of the year of composition, "O Mozart! immortal Mozart! what countless impressions of a brighter, better life hast thou stamped upon our souls!". This similarity to Mozart is also due to the light orchestration - Scored for one flute, two oboes, and two bassoons, along with two horns in B♭ and E♭ and strings. Of all of Schubert's symphonies, it is scored for the smallest orchestra. It is the only one of his symphonies which does not include clarinets, trumpets or timpani as part of the instrumentation.
[Notes derived from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._5_(Schubert)]
Symphony No. 5 in B flat Major
Artistic Director: Bob Porter
Stevenage Choral Society
SCS Musical Director: Robin Osterley
Ticket Prices: £12 Adults (£14 at the door) and £5 for under 16s