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Behind-the-Scenes sessions

Masterclasses | Workshops

Friday 11 October
David Pyatt | Cardiff University Concert Hall

Masterclass: The Strauss Legacy

Few composers are more important to horn players than Richard Strauss, who created in works such as the Alpine Symphony and the tone poems Till Eugenspiegel and Don Juan some of the most thrilling horn parts in the orchestral literature. In this masterclass, David Pyatt takes candidates through the first movements of the two Strauss concertos, of which he is a well-known exponent, as well as a less familiar work by Strauss’s father, Franz, member of the Munich court orchestra and described by a contemporary, the pianist and conductor Hans von Bülow, as ‘the Joachim of the horn’.

Sixty years separate Richard Strauss’s two horn concertos, written at the beginning and end of his career. In the First Horn Concerto of 1882–3, an ingenious design of three interlinked (and thematically interconnected) movements, the 19-year-old composer bursts confidently onto the scene – rather like the soloist, who after a single opening chord, begins the opening Allegro with a majestic fanfare. The opening movement of the Second Concerto, written in 1942 during the Second World War, is less extrovert and more serene in expression, though no less technically demanding. It is dedicated to the memory of his father, who also wrote two horn concertos, and whose rich melodic invention is on display in the beautiful Nocturno op. 7 for horn and piano, published in 1864.


£5 for students and children**
one child** free with each (paying) adult.

**children are defined as 16 and under

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