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Night Music in "Diversions & Distractions"

  • Powel House 244 South 3rd Street Philadelphia, PA, 19106 United States (map)

Diversions & Distractions

Early Classical music for home entertainment both personal and celebratory centered around the lighthearted divertimento. With no set form or instrumentation, divertimenti ran the gamut from intimate duos to miniature orchestra: think of Mozart’s ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’, often performed as a string quartet but equally successful in an expanded ensemble. Symphonies were often arranged and published for home performance, as in Salomon’s version of Haydn’s “Surprise” symphony for flute and strings. Smaller works for less conventional, even whimsical combinations – as in Dittersdorf’s charming duo for viola and bass – were surprisingly common. While the flexible string quartet’s expressive capabilities and efficiency ultimately led it to dominate home musicales, it climbed there on the shoulders of the divertimenti that preceded it.


F.J. Haydn (1732-1809): Divertimento in C major, Hob.II:11 "Der Geburtstag"
W. A. Mozart (1756-1791): Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525
K.D von Dittersdorf (1739-1799): Duetto for viola and violone, Kr.219
L.A. Lebrun (1752-1790): trio for oboe, violin, and cello
F.J. Haydn: Symphony No. 94 “Surprise” (period arr. by Johann Peter Salomon)

Thursday, November 16, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Tickets $30 (including the reception)
Powel House
244 S 3rd Street | Philadelphia, PA 19106

Earlier Event: April 20
Mozart in 1776
Later Event: February 15
Grand Harmonie in: "Across the Pond"