Songs to the Fortepiano

Wednesday 13th October 2021
8:00 pm until 9:00 pm

Venue: Haddo Arts YouTube Channel

This event is live and is free of charge

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Event information

Steven Devine Fortepiano

Kate Semmens Soprano

In 1791, the year that Mozart died, the young Beethoven travelled to Vienna where he began studying composition with Joseph Haydn. His song Adelaide was composed around 1795 and is likely to have been strongly influenced by Haydn’s song O Tuneful Voice. Beethoven was already familiar with Vienna having made an earlier attempt to study with Mozart in 1785.

This concert balances the later lieder of Mozart with early songs of Beethoven, finally leading to Haydn’s masterpiece Arianna a Naxos, first published in Vienna in 1791. 

At the heart of the programme is a copy of a Viennese fortepiano built by Mattheas Heilmann in 1785, exactly the kind of instrument that Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn would have known, bringing the listener into an intimate sound world perfect for these chamber masterpieces.


Beethoven  Adelaide 

MozartAdagio for piano K.540

BeethovenThree Songs

Molly’s Abschied                                                                    

Haydn Adagio in F major, Hob.XVII:9 

Mozart Two Songs

An Chloe K.524
Als Luise die Briefe K.520  

Haydn Arianna a Naxos Hob XXVIb:2

You can download programme notes HERE


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