Johannes Brahms Serenade No. 2 A-major, op. 16
Richard Wagner Siegfried-Idyll for chamber orchestra
Richard Strauss Fröhliche Werkstatt, Sonatine No. 2 Es-major for 16 wind instruments
Chamber music and symphonic music are combined in the works of this concert under the direction of general music director Cornelius Meister. The Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner, originally premiered with solo violinists, was a birthday present for his wife Cosima a few months after the birth of their son Siegfried. The work was premiered in 1870 in the stairwell of their villa in Tribschen.
In the score, Wagner noted: "Tribschener Idyll with bird song and orange sunrise". Horn calls and birdcalls reminiscent of the Swiss mountains are combined by Wagner with leitmotifs from his Ring of the Nibelung. Richard Strauss, however, composed his sonatina Fröhliche Werkstatt in the middle of the Second World War thus seeming like a farewell to a lost world. Strauss seems to recall his own youth as the son of a horn player, where he made early contact with the classical serenade literature for wind instruments. That piece is dedicated to none other than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, to whose wind serenades Johannes Brahms also turned for his inspiration when he composed his Serenade No. 2.