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Photo: Felix Broede


«The times change – and we change with them»

Tue 12 January 7pm

University Aula

This concert is included in the following subscription series:

Aula series

Total series

Aula Gold series

Pekka Kuusisto artistic leader / violin




Ottorino Respighi

Ancient Airs and Dances

Fritz Kreisler 

Violin Concerto in C-major in the style of Vivaldi 

Thomas Adès

Three studies from Couperin

Alfred Schnittke

Moz-Art à la Haydn

Joseph Haydn

Symphony No. 64, Tempora mutantur

This Latin adage – Tempora mutantur – is the nickname Haydn gave his Symphony No. 64. The full version of this quote is 'Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis' meaning 'the times change and we change with them'. 

We start the New Year with our new Artistic Director from 2020/21, Pekka Kuusisto who has put together a programme with works by composers who have been inspired by the bygone era. 

Fritz Kreisler sent shockwaves into the world in 1935 when he admitted to having composed violin concertos which he claimed had been written by Antonio Vivaldi among others. Others like Ottorino Respighi occupies a firm position in the Italian neo-classicism, while composers such as Thomas Adès and Alfred Schnittke have used works from earlier periods as tema for their own music. What better way to enter the New Year than to take a look back and reflect over the days behind us? Before we let the past become our future and let it change us, it seems that Haydn's idea was that everything changes and whether we like it or not, time passing makes mankind worse.

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