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Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and Vestards Šimkus to Tour Latvia

After successful concerts in India and Sri Lanka, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra (LSO) will have a concert tour in Latvia in late October and early November. LSO will give six concerts featuring pianist Vestards Šimkus and conductor Atvars Lakstīgala. The concert programme will include masterpieces of three Vienna classical composers – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

The tour will commence on 25 October at Talsi Culture Centre and continue on 26 October at Ogre Culture Centre, on 31 October – in Auce Culture Centre, on 1 November – in the concert hall of Culture Centre “Vienība” in Daugavpils, on 2 November – at Alūksne Culture Centre, and will close on 3 November in Sigulda Concert Hall “Baltais flīģelis”.

About music and composers featured in the concert programme. Haydn composed Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.1 in C major in 1756 when he was 24, and, it is interesting to note, in the year when Mozart was born. At that time Haydn was a freelance musician who, not to starve, did different jobs: gave music lessons for minimal fees or even played on streets. Some of his first substantial compositions were commissioned; nevertheless, he had no regular income. Haydn was aware that becoming a composer takes persistent studies. As he did not have the means to pay the famous teacher, composer and singer Nicola Porpora, he became his accompanist and valet. Thus, he was able to learn from Porpora valuable fundamentals of composition.
Mozart wrote Piano Concerto No.1 in F major at the age of 11, in Salzburg. Although for many years it was considered that the first four piano concertos of the little genius were his own, they are now known to be orchestrations of sonatas by various composers, Piano Concerto No.1 being based on the piano sonata by Hermann Friedrich Raupach. Possibly this was how the young genius mastered composition technique to later further develop and perfect the genre of piano concerto.
It is not known exactly when Beethoven finished his Symphony No.1 in C major, it was written in his the early years. Final sketches are dated 1797 when the composer was 27. The symphony was premiered in Vienna in 1800 brightly highlighting the talent of the great master of symphony. At that time, the composer did not have problems with hearing that later greatly influenced his life, personality and compositions. It was the time of the conventions established by Mozart’s and Haydn’s symphonies, therefore Beethoven in his first composition of this genre was keeping to the canon, nevertheless the work already features the characteristic use of sforzandi and timpani as well as the perfect parts of wind instruments. Beethoven’s Symphony No.1 is like a reflection of Mozart’s and Haydn’s compositions, whereas in his later works there is no ease, playfulness or even naivety that are still present in this symphony.