Queensland Symphony Orchestra: Enigma – A Musical Tour De Force
9 April @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, repeating until 10 April 2021
One event on 10 April 2021 at 3:00 pm
Francis Poulenc looked back to the organ masterpieces of Bach and Buxtehude for his Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani, written for the Princess Edmond de Polignac (musical patron and heir to the Singer sewing-machine fortune) between 1934 and 1938. Joseph Nolan performs the work on QPAC’s organ with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Johannes Fritzsch, on a program with Elgar’s Variations on an Original Theme, known as the ‘Enigma’ variations for the work’s coded musical references to the composer’s friends and the mystery of a theme that is never played.
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It can sometimes be dangerous to be friends with a composer! In 1899, English composer Edward Elgar created his Enigma Variations, a set of variations on the one melody, with each one representing a different friend of his. From his wife to his music publisher, each friend was immortalised in music as their different personalities shone through. This piece has never lost popularity, especially with the moving and powerful ‘Nimrod’ variation.