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Short Stories – Brett Dean

September 2019


Mozart Masonic Funeral Music in C minor, K.477/479a  Maurerische Trauermusik
Mozart Prelude & Fugue in D Minor K405 / 4, after J.S. Bach, BWV 877
Dean Short Stories Nos. 1 & 2 Devotional, Premonitions
Mozart Prelude & Fugue in E, K 405/3 (after Bach’s BWV 878)
Dean Short Stories Nos. 3 & 4 Embers, Komarov’s Last Words
Mozart Adagio & Fugue in b minor (after Bach’s BWV 849)
Dean  Short Stories No.5 Arietta
Mozart  Adagio & Fugue in A minor, K 405/3 (after Bach’s BWV 867)
Hindemith  Trauermusik for Solo Viola and Strings
Mahler Adagio from Symphony No.10 (arr. for Chamber Orchestra by Michelle Casteletti)

Mozart’s brief, poignant and rarely programmed Masonic Funeral Music partners Hindemith’s achingly beautiful Trauermusik, his best work, commissioned for a live broadcast, following the death of George V. Mozart adds his own voice to Bach’s music, paying tribute to the master of fugue while Australian Brett Dean’s Short Stories, five evocative abstract miniatures, serve as interludes in between. Devotional, a delicate hymn-like chorale, contrasts with the dark and disturbed visions of Premonitions. Embers depicts a dying fire giving off its final sparks in a slow, dreamy movement that explores string colours. Kamarov’s Last Words refers to Soviet Cosmonaut Kamarov, the first person to die in space in 1967.  Arietta is a disembodied song of near-resolve.  Mahler’s great Tenth Symphony traverses an unremitting arc of emotion. Its atmospheric Adagio, an immensely spacious and gloriously scored cadence, closes a beautiful yet ethereal programme.

“.. the restless imagination and sheer rightness of his (Dean’s) string writing… a menacing fairyland of uneasy but engaging writing”   The Guardian

Dates & Tickets

Wednesday, 8.00pm, September 11, 2019
Monkstown Parish Church, Dublin

€25, €22, €10 students, €5 children

Thursday, 7.30pm, September 12, 2019
CIT Cork School of Music, Cork

€25, €20, €5 students, €15, €10 (COS members)

Friday, 8.00pm, September 13, 2019
St. Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick

€25, €22, €10 students, €5 children