Haydn and Stravinsky



Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas Carter conductor
Michael Pisani cor anglais


Haydn Symphony No.96 Miracle
Anne Cawrse New work for cor anglais and orchestra (World premiere of an MSO Commission)
Stravinsky Symphony in C

About the performance

Composed in a time of extraordinary sadness in the composer’s life, Stravinsky’s Symphony in C was a piece that sustained him and gave him reason to carry on. Alongside Haydn’s Miracle Symphony and a world premiere, Nicholas Carter conducts this program celebrating new voices, new purpose and miraculous music.

  • A lifesaving commission
    On November 30, 1938, Igor Stravinsky’s daughter passed away and within a matter of months the composer’s wife and mother would also die. Europe was on the brink of war and Stravinsky fled to the United States, where he was commissioned to write a symphony celebrating 50 years of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. “It is no exaggeration to say that I was able to continue my own life only by my work on the Symphony in C,” Stravinsky later said.
  • A miraculous symphony
    It’s believed the premiere of Haydn’s Symphony No.96 occurred at his very first London concert, in March of 1791 – the name Miracle comes from the story that a chandelier came crashing down in the hall, incredibly without injuring anyone. This incident actually occurred at a different Haydn concert, but the extraordinary circumstances are the same.
  • The English horn in the spotlight
    Adelaide-based composer Anne Cawrse (b. 1981) has been commissioned by many outstanding Australian ensembles, including MSO, ASO, PLEXUS and the Australian String Quartet. With a style described as ‘lush’, ‘innovative’ and ‘memorable’, here the MSO performs a world premiere of her concerto for cor anglais and orchestra.

Duration: approx. 60 minutes with no interval

Program and artists subject to change

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