Symphony Thursdays @7pm - Mozart & Gounod
Hal & Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Virtual Classical Series
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Dennis Kim, vioin
Bridget Dolkas, violin
Meredith Crawford, viola
Michael Franz, bass
MOZART: Serenade No. 6 in D major (Serenata notturna)
GOUNOD: Petite symphonie for Winds (finale only)
These two tuneful and light-hearted works, composed a century apart by an Austrian and a Frenchman, would make a light-hearted and sunny soundtrack for a summer evening’s outdoor entertainment.
- Mozart’s “Serenata Notturna,” written by the 20-year-old composer is an enchanting early work. It opens with a dignified march punctuated by timpani to add a distinctive martial air to the otherwise sedate string orchestra. A joyful minuet gracefully leads to the final rondo, a high-spirited country dance.
- Gounod wrote his “Little Symphony for Winds” for his friend Paul Taffanel, the flute professor at the Paris Conservatoire, and that instrument gets a starring role. Gounod actually modeled the work after Mozart’s serenades. If there were such a thing as champagne for the ears, this lively finale with its delicate and playful melodies, effervescently tossed between flute, oboe and clarinet would most certainly be it!