Door Sales begin in the GREAT HALL at 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 6, 2017
Who knew whom?
This concert features music by composers whose family names are very familiar to most of us. We have heard of Bach – and usually mean Johann Sebastian, ‘the father of them all’. Haydn is a ‘household name’ as well. But, how many of us have heard music by Johann Christian Bach (the father’s youngest son) or by Michael Haydn (Joseph Haydn’s younger brother.
We can establish interesting connections between at least three of the 5 composers featured in program which opens our 2017-2018 concert season – our traditional “Homecoming Weekend Concert”
Come and find out what ties J.Ch. Bach, Michael Haydn and Mozart together. While Vivaldi would be considered an ‘outsider’ in this program, most composers spent at least some time in Italy (especially Mozart and Mendelssohn) and would have been at least familiar with Vivaldi’s Music. Mendelssohn was also a celebrated composer in London, and Johann Christian Bach is actually known as the London Bach – the English called him John Bach…
Mozart’s and M. Haydn’s music have been attributed to the other… and Mozart was definitely influenced by M. Haydn, using themes from Haydn’s Te Deum in his setting of the same text.
Today we would call it plagiarism – in those earlier times it was considered an honor to be ‘quoted’ (plagiarized) by a composer as celebrated and successful as Mozart.
Come and enjoy a delightful evening of Baroque and Classical masterpieces – with a touch of Romanticism – in the beautiful Great Hall on the campus of Saint John’s University, performed by the CSB/SJU Chamber Choir and the Amadeus Chamber Symphony.
College of Saint Benedict
37 South College Avenue St. Joseph, Minnesota 56374