National Music Auditorium

Had a lovely time last night at the Auditorio Nacional de Música. A little classical type music.

The program was:

  • the overture An Unusual Case by Vincente Martín y Soler (born 1754 in Valencia, Spain; died 1806 in St. Petersburg, Russia). It is in this piece that he introduced the walz to Vienna, Austria where that dance style became rather a big "hit".
  • The Concert of the Malvarrosa (Malvarrossa is a beach in Spain)
    The unusual thing being that the composer, Antón García Abril, was actually in the hall for the performance. Usually I tend to think of composers as being all dead people. He was born in 1933 in Teruel, Spain. Got quite a round of applause, of course. Either for the quality of his composition or just for being alive.
  • The Ballad of the Heros by Benjamin Britten (B: 1913, d: 1976, U.K.). It's a sort of anti-war piece
  • Franz Joseph Haydn's (1732-1809) Symphony No 49 in F minor; the Passion. It uses a harpsichord instead of a piano so has that sound that's slightly reminiscent of the Munsters theme song.
This is way off of the usual food theme so I'll leave out the post about the Mozart concert I went to Sunday morning. We shall now return you to your regular programming.

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