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Schwertsik, Kurt: Compagnie Masquerade op. 93 (2005) 22'
for small orchestra

Scoring

2(II=picc).2(II=cor.A).2bhn.2-2.1.1.0-strings

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World Premiere

02/12/2005
Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Wien
members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Hans-Peter Ochsenhofer

Repertoire Note

Schwertsik's divertissement for small orchestra blends Mozart with Commedia dell'arte imagery. Only a fragment of the violin part remains from Mozart's Carnival Pantomime K.446, which was first performed on Shrove Tuesday in 1783 for the entertainment of guests at a fancy dress ball with the composer himself playing the role of Harlequin. Schwertsik has quoted from the Mozartian fragment to form a seven movement suite, capturing the masquerade's characters in a humorous parody, akin to Stravinsky's similar venture in Pulcinella, with the aim of emulating Mozart's jokery and bravado fantasy.
1. entree  2. pantalon  3. columbine  4. alla turka - pas de trois - alla turca - petit pas de deux - alla turca  5. pierrot  6. dottore  7. harlequin

Recommended Recording

Mozart Reflexionen
Wiener Mozartisten / Hans Peter Ochsenhofer
Gramola 98791

Available at www.gramola.at

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