TheWind and Brass sectionof the Colchester SymphonyOrchestra willjoinforces once again for a splendid concert of the very best ofwind ensemble music.Westart with an arrangement(by oboist Rob Rogers) of Rossini’sWilliam TellOverture which has shades of Hoffnung-esque treatment complete with accompanying tin bath!William Tell was the last of Rossini’s operas whereas our next work by Richard Strauss was written when he was only 17 years old.
This Suitefor 13 wind instrumentsOp. 4 by Richard Strauss is fully fledged romanticism, already stamped with his trademark flavouring. It was commissioned after the successof his one movement wind serenade that we played lastyear.
We finish theconcert with the 'Serenade for 13 wind instruments' byMozart- this was made famousin thefilm‘Amadeus’ when Salierianalyses the piece as it unfolds in the background. SurelyStrauss was inspired by this for his own choice of using thesame sort of ensemble and a marvellous link is made both musically and historically.
Last year's ‘wind and brass’ concert was received with much enthusiasmin St Botolph’s Church in Colchester and thisconcert is likely to have the same appeal. Come and enjoythis rare occasion of some humour and frivolity, mixed with sublimity and poise.