MSO Composer in Residence Deborah Cheetham
joins a stunning septet of Melbourne musicians for a world premiere, in a
concert that celebrates those outside the spotlight.
In the 19th century, when French composition was at its height –
dominated by the likes of Berlioz and Bizet – one name that went largely
unrecognised was that of Adolphe Blanc. Despite his rich and highly
accomplished output, his chamber works composed for private performances
kept him out of the public eye.
One of these works is his Septet in E Major. The Septet was not a
common combination of instruments for Romantic composers, there was no
clear successor to Beethoven’s famous Op.20 Septet, until Blanc’s in
1861. With excellent part-writing for violin, viola, cello, bass,
clarinet, horn and bassoon, the Melbourne Ensemble will give this piece
the performance it deserves.
Above Knowing is part of MSO’s Composer in Residence Deborah Cheetham’sWoven Song
series. The works are inspired by tapestries by Indigenous artists,
which are hung in Australian embassies around the world. She joins the
ensemble in her role as a soprano, in this world premiere of her own
The third work is a string trio by Hungarian composer Ernő Dohnányi,
written the year his son Hans – who was eventually executed for
numerous attempts on Hitler’s life – was born.
This is a concert that peers behind private curtains and brings unsung masters into view.