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Smetana Vyšehrad, Brahms Song of Destiny, Elgar The Music Makers

Saturday March 23, 2024 at 19:30
Oxford Town Hall, Oxford
Arena and back gallery £25, Side gallery £20, Wheelchair users arena £23 (includes free carer/companion), Under 18s/students £12.50
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  1. Vyšehrad, from Má vlast - Bedrich Smetana
  2. Schicksalslied, 'Song of Destiny' Op 54 - Johannes Brahms
  3. The Music Makers Op 69 - Sir Edward Elgar

Our spring concert consists of two highly expressive choral works, together with Smetana’s well-known symphonic poem Vyšehrad. The Music Makers is a setting of Ode by the Victorian poet Arthur O’Shaughnessy. It is intensely personal: Elgar wrote 'I have written out my soul … I have shown myself', and he includes quotations from earlier works, including the famous theme from Nimrod. The work moves between triumph and melancholy, ending quietly with the opening words; 'We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.' Brahms was responding to verses by the German Romantic poet Friedrich Hölderlin, Schicksalslied, which contrast the everlasting bliss of the immortals with the suffering of humanity, both wonderfully evoked in Brahms’s music. We will be joined by the contralto Jess Dandy.

Oxford Town Hall
St Aldate's

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