Music in New Malden presents…
‘The Musical Baron: Piano Music from the Salons of Gottfried van Swieten’
Sonatas and Fugues for solo keyboard by Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven
John Irving (fortepiano)
Haydn: Sonata in E flat, Hob.XVI:49 (1789-90)
Bach: Contrapunctus VIII from The Art of Fugue
Beethoven: Sonata in G, Op.49 no.2
Mozart: Sonata in B flat major, K.570
We invite you to celebrate the final concert of our 9th Series on Sunday 11 June at 3pm followed by tea and cake.
We are pleased to welcome our very own John Irving this month. John’s programme presents solo keyboard sonatas by three of the giants of the classical era: Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, played on fortepiano – the precursor of the modern piano. John will be playing an instrument by Paul McNulty (1987), a copy of a 5-octave Viennese instrument by Gabriel Anton Walter (1795). Both Haydn and Mozart owned pianos made by Walter very similar to this instrument, and it was an instrument Beethoven coveted (though he never owned one). Its light action and clear, transparent sound differ profoundly from the modern piano and reveal the music in ways that bring us much closer to the musical language of the composers’ day.
All three composers were favourites of one of the leading musical patrons of late 18th-century Vienna: Baron Gottfried van Swieten, whose salons were among the most refined of their age. Swieten was also an avid collector of works by Bach – especially fugues, which were frequently played in his musical gatherings (for instance, by Beethoven); Swieten even loaned Mozart his copy of Bach’s ’48 Preludes and Fugues’ to copy out and arrange for strings. He also owned Bach’s greatest contribution to fugal writing, The Art of Fugue, and one of the most complex of its triple fugues is included in the recital.
This concert will be in aid of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and the MiNM Expenses Fund.