Welcome to everyone at the beginning of the new academic year. 2014 represents more than one anniversary.
Richard Strauss was born in 1864 so this is the 150th anniversary of his birth. You will find two works by him in our programme for the year. He once said, I believe, “I know I am not a first rate composer, but I am a first rate second rate composer”, or words to that effect. After a recent visit to Vienna where we went to Der Rosenkavalier I am not sure that I agree with him.
Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was born in October1813, so we need to play a work by him in our November concert to catch his 200th birthday, though, to be fair, we also included him in the Botanic Gardens concert.
2014 is not a particular anniversary for Rossini, but he did die on Friday 13th November, which is near enough the day of our next concert. Rossini was born on 29th February 1972, so taking a Gilbert and Sullivan approach, he age would now be just over 44!
Here’s to a happy year of music making