Kammerorchester Basel — Maestro e Scolare

Don Bosco Basel
© sandro isler / nougat.ch
Friday, 19 May

Scholarship is commendable, but can one get further... without it? This concert is about Kapellmeister Haydn and his scholars, the worthy and the unpleasant. Joseph Haydn had given lessons throughout his life—in piano playing and singing, in theory and composition. Most important to him were his private pupils, three of whom he later referred to as his favorites—Ignaz Pleyel, Sigismund Neukomm, and the Polish-born Franz (Franciszek) Lessel. The latter went to Vienna in 1797 with the support of Prince Czartoryski; he initially wanted to study medicine there, but ultimately trained in composition and to emulate his Bohemian-born father. Haydn, with whom he took lessons from 1800, later gave him the autograph of Symphony No. 56 from 1774 out of personal affection. Its nickname, "The Schoolmaster," is usually explained by the measured pace of the second movement's theme, "Adagio, ma seplicemente." In the Kammerorchester Basel's program "Maestro e Scolare," the two are complemented by Symphony No. 29 from1765, whose Presto finale sounds quite as if a strict teacher had just escaped a bunch of his naughtiest pupils.
Tickets are CHF 30-90 for adults and CHF 15-45 for students.


Don Bosco Basel
Waldenburgerstrasse 34
4052 Basel

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