From Inner Serenity and Tough Willpower

Sun. 2.10.2022
The Austrian musicologist and critic Richard Specht characterized Ethel Smyth (1858-1944), probably the best-known British composer, as a "lady" of "inner serenity and tremendous, tenacious willpower." But this description applies equally to the other women composers whose works will be heard on October 2, 2022, in the orchestral concert of the Institute for Equality and Gender Studies in cooperation with the Orchesterprojekt Association and the International Society for New Music.
With Leonor Maia (harp), Marius Birtea (clarinet), Annelie Gahl (violin), David Fliri (horn) and the Orchestra Project 22 (conducted by Wolfgang Danzmayr and Alexandra Helldorff)
Moderation: Iris Mangeng The program will first feature two contemporary pieces for chamber orchestra by Austrian composer Gabriele Proy (*1965), Troelle, a witty, motivically concise orchestral variation on Franz Schubert's famous song of the same name, and the meditative sound painting MA. Afterwards the orchestra project 22 will interpret together with the harp soloist Leonor Maia the 1st movement Allegro risoluto from the Concerto en ut mineur pour harpe et orchestra by the French harp virtuoso and composer Henriette Renié (1875-1956). Clarinetist Marius Birtea will take the solo part in Alice Mary Smith's (1839-1884) melodically elegant and expressive Andante for Clarinet and Orchestra.

The final work of the concert program, Ethel Smyth's lyrically virtuosic Concerto for Violin, Horn and Orchestra, also deserves a place in the standard repertoire. Its unusual solo combination finds worthy interpreters in Annelie Gahl (violin) and David Fliri (horn). An event of the Institute for Equality and Gender Studies of the Mozarteum University in the context of "Achtung International! Salzburg and 100 years of the International Society for New Music) in cooperation with the Orchestra Project Association and the International Society for New Music on the occasion of 100 years of IGNM.