This concert looks at Haydns posthumous reception and his influences on the other composers. Haydn taught Beethoven briefly on his return from London in 1795 and both Mozart and Beethoven dedicated works to him. In the 19th century, his music was viewed as an earlier and less accomplished version of that by Mozart and Beethoven who were lionized by the Romantics. His music continues to influence and inspire.

The pieces performed were:
George Benjamin - Meditation on Haydns name
Stravinsky - Suite Italienne for Cello and Piano Introduzione Serenata Aria Tarantella Minuetto e Finale
George Benjamin - Flight for Solo Flute Haydn arr.
Salomon - Symphony No.104 The London Adagio/Allegro Andante Minuetto I and II Allegro Spiritoso

The performers were:
Thomas Kemp - Violin
Magnus Johnston - Violin
Nick Barr - Viola
Adrian Bradbury - Cello
Stephen De Pledge - Piano
Sami Junnonen - Flute

2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Haydn's death and this event is part of the series of concerts that puts his fantastic instrumental chamber music and song into its social and cultural context. Each concert will be proceeded by a talk by Thomas Kemp, the artistic director of Chamber Domaine, recently praised in The Guardian for its dynamic commitment and high virtuosity. A breath of fresh air.

All our lectures are available for free download from the Gresham College website, in video, audio or text formats:
Gresham College professors and guest speakers have been giving free public lectures in central London since 1597. This tradition continues today and you can attend any of our lectures, or watch or listen to them on our website.

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