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Harmony of the Glass Spheres – sold out!

concert number 27



Franz Schubert Psalm 23 D.706* [5’]
Joseph Haydn Contredanse Hob. IX:29* [2’]
Stanisław Moniuszko Kotylion from the 2nd act of opera The Countess (Hrabina)* [1’]
Stanisław Moniuszko The Spinner (Prząśniczka)* [2’]
Wolfgang A. Mozart Adagio in C minor for glass harmonica KV 617a [3’]
Wolfgang A. Mozart Fantasy in D minor KV 397* [6’]
Fryderyk Chopin Galop Marquis in A-flat major, WN 59* [1’]
Fryderyk Chopin Waltz in A minor, WN 63* [3’]
Henryk Wieniawski Kujawiak in A minor * [4’]
Franz Schubert Ave Maria, Op. 52/6 D.839* [3’]
Wolfgang A. Mozart Minuetto from Divertimento in B-flat major for wind instruments, KV 240 (arr. for glass harmonica, verrofon, viola and cello Christa and Gerald Schönfeldinger) [3’]
Wolfgang A. Mozart Adagio and Rondo for glass harmonica, flute, oboe, viola and cello, KV 617 [15’]

* arr. for glass harmonica and verrofon: Christa and Gerald Schönfeldinger


Concert description

Old literature is often full of riddles – sometimes, not only the circumstances and spirit of the times, but also individual words have to be explained to the modern reader. Words like “świerzop” and “dzięcielina” (translated as “rapeseed” and “clover” by B. Johnston) are classic entries on the list of mysterious words found in Adam Mickiewicz’s work. And do we know what a “glass harmonica” is, to the playing of which Konrad compares his Great Improvisation in Dziady, Part III? Do we know why he says he “turns his musical glasses” (translation by Louise Varèse)?

The glass harmonica was invented and gained popularity in the 18th century. It is made from the aforementioned musical glasses, which are turned by means of a foot pedal and touched with fingers to set them into vibration (just like playing glasses at home). Even such famous composers as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Gaetano Donizetti, and Camille Saint-Saëns wrote pieces for the instrument that is so rarely heard today. Its characteristic tone was often used for illustrative purposes – especially in operas. The verrophone, constructed in 1983 by Sascha Reckert, works in a similar way, but uses vertical glass tubes which the player rubs with his fingers to make a sound. The two instruments share a bright, luminous, and glassy sound.

– Dominika Micał, “Ruch Muzyczny”