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They were personally acquainted and had a lot to say to each other: the great Johannes Brahms and the brilliant Croatian Countess Dora Pejačević. Mei-Ann Chen embraces light-hearted serenades and dramatic symphony.
Johannes Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D major, op. 11
Dora Pejačević: Symphony in F sharp minor, op. 41
In the wondrous month of May the music of the young Brahms is particularly delectable. His Serenade for Orchestra No. 1 is true Brahms but with a homage to Haydn and Mozart at its heart. Decades later in Budapest, the maestro met a brilliantly gifted young musician: Dora Pejačević. During World War I the Croatian countess-composer cared for wounded soldiers in her parents’ stately home, all the while writing her dramatic Symphony in F sharp minor in the evenings – a stroke of genius!
Pre-concert talk in Stefaniensaal at 7.15 pm – admission free