Thaxted Festival: Brandenburg Winds!

  • Thaxted Parish Church Thaxted, CM6 2PH

Join the wind section of the Brandenburg Sinfonia for a delightful evening of summer Serenades!

  • Mozart - Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments (K361) 'Gran Partita'
  • Dvořák - Serenade for Wind op.44

In the film Amadeus, Salieri’s first encounter with Mozart is at a performance of this Serenade.  As he looks at the music on the page, he describes the beauty and delight of the solo oboe's entry followed later by the clarinet and says,‘This is a music I’ve never heard. Filled with such longing, such unfulfillable longing. It seems to me that I am hearing the voice of God.’

Dvořák composed his Wind Serenade in 1878. Brahms wrote to Joachim, ‘A more lovely, refreshing impression of real, rich and charming creative talent you can't easily have ... it must be a pleasure for the wind players!’ Brahms was certainly correct, except for one uncharacteristic oversight: he neglected to note that it is equally enjoyable for the listener!

Before the performance the Brandenburg musicians have been known to wander the town and provide extempore performances in the pub and elsewhere - come early if you can!

Tickets £24, £18, £15 and £13 (concessions), available from the Thaxted Festival. Do please check the website for availability and the booking form.