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3pm Saturday 16 March 2019

Wendling Quartet

"Autumn Serenade"

Eileen Joyce Studio, University of Western Australia

The Wendling Quartet was first formed in 1993 to explore the extensive repertoire of music for the ensemble of flute, violin, viola and cello, known as the "Flute Quartet."

The Quartet is named after flautist Johann Baptist Wendling (1723-1797), who pioneered the new virtuosity and fullness of tone that were to make this grouping so successful. Mozart in particular was inspired by Wendling in his famous four flute quartets.

The combination of a flute with one each of the three stringed instruments has proved to be an ideal vehicle for art music in a chamber setting, from the Classical period through to the present day. The Wendling Quartet presents this fine music in exciting and varied programmes, tracing the fascinating development of this popular genre.

The programme opens with a brilliant quartet in G major by Wendling, then early-Romantic works by Giovanni Battista Viotti (1755-1824) and Alessandro Rolla (1757-1841), complemented by an evocative Pastorale by 20th-century Hungarian composer Mátyás Seiber. Also an excerpt from Mozart's opera "The Marriage of Figaro," arranged for this instrumental combination in 1791 by Johann Wendt (1745-1801).


Emily Gunson - flute
Zak Rowntree - violin
Alex Brogan - viola
Nicholas Metcalfe - cello

Admission $38, concessions and seniors $33, includes a programme and afternoon tea at interval.

Bookings & enquiries phone 9574 1591.

Fan mail

"Wonderful concept, great range of composers, Telemann and Vivaldi, in addition to the usual suspects." John, from High Wycombe (Season 2019)

"I always enjoy your concerts and particularly like the informative format." Karen, from Inglewood (Season 2019)

"Love the concerts, especially Wendling!" Frank and Olga, from East Victoria Park (Season 2019)