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TSO: Field of Flowers - P Stanhope


TSO: Field of Flowers - P Stanhope

  • Date: Saturday, 2 December 2017, 2:30pm
  • Venue: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart — 1 Davey St, Hobart, TAS
  • Tickets: Adult: $32 - $74 | Concession: $32 - $65 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 1800 001 190

Event Details

Communicating across the centuries, composers sometimes pay homage to each other by borrowing music from one era and repurposing it in another. The “St Anthony Chorale”, a melody attributed to Haydn, forms the basis of Brahms’s Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, while “Down Ampney” (also known as “Come down, O Love divine”), a hymn tune by Ralph Vaughan Williams, underpins the ingenious Fantasia on a Theme of Vaughan Williams by Australian composer Paul Stanhope.

Music by the composers so honoured makes up the first half of this concert. Haydn’s Symphony No 102, one of his hugely successful “London Symphonies”, was written at the peak of Haydn’s career, while Flos campi (Flower of the Fields) by Vaughan Williams is a one-of-a-kind work: part viola concerto, part oratorio but strictly speaking neither. Composed in 1925 and inspired by the biblical “Song of Songs”, Flos campi is enigmatic, elegiac and redemptive.


Haydn: Symphony No 102
Vaughan Williams: Flos campi
Stanhope: Fantasia on a Theme of Vaughan Williams
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn

Featured non-Australian music: Haydn, Vaughan Williams, Brahms

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

Featured Australian Works

Fantasia on a theme of Vaughan Williams : for orchestra (2003) by Paul Stanhope
— performed by Marko Letonja and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Featured artists

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