Mystical Birds – November 24, 2019

Sunday, November 24, 2019, 2:00 PM
Church of the Redeemer,
Toronto.

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Organ Concerto in F,
The Cuckoo and the Nightingale

George Frideric Handel

Paul Jenkins, organ

After the brief overture of this concerto comes an Allegro whose bird song motifs, in a conversation between the organ and the orchestra, have given the concerto its nickname, “The Cuckoo and the Nightingale”.

Read Paul Jenkins’ presentation of the Organ Concerto
Learn more about the Organ Concerto


Symphony No 6, Le Matin

Joseph Haydn

Barbara Croall, pipigwan

Haydn’s Symphony No 6 in D major “Le Matin” starts with the depiction of a sunrise and is pastoral throughout the four movements. Barbara Croall performs her new improvisation for pipigwan inspired by bird calls and integrated into Haydn’s work as an extended introduction and cadenzas between movements and at fermatas in the last movement.

Read Barbara Croall’s note about her performance


Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Asher Ian Armstrong, piano

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 17 has a theme in the final movement inspired by his beloved pet starling. Musicologists are unsure whether he got the theme from his pet or taught it to him but he notated the starling’s song on a piece of manuscript which is almost identical to the concerto’s theme. This fascinating and personal history of Mozart’s concerto humanizes for today’s audience a composer who lived in the eighteenth century, who loved animals and whose compassion expressed musically remains a model of inspiration.

Read Asher Ian Armstrong’s note about the Concerto
Read extracts of Lyanda Lynn Haupt’s book, “Mozart’s starling”


About Mystical Birds

David Bowser, conductor and artistic director of the Toronto Mozart Players, presents the concert.
Read David Bowser’s presentation of “Mystical Birds”

Are you curious about the music you will be hearing? This playlist will give you an idea of what will be performed during the “Mystical Birds” concert: Go to the playlist



The Mozart Project gratefully acknowledges
the financial support by the OAC for the production of “Mystical Birds”