The metropolitan orchestra’s indy chamber concert

As part of its Indy series and Leichhardt Council’s Site and Sound Festival, the Metropolitan Orchestra presents a chamber music concert featuring Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet K581 and Dvorak’s String Quartet in F major, no 12, opus 96, the ‘American’.

The serenely beautiful clarinet quintet is one of Mozart’s later works, written in 1798 and considered to be typical of the style of the times.

Dvorak’s String Quartet in F major was one of several that he wrote whilst in America, during his appointment as Artistic Director and Professor of Composition at the National Conservatory of Music. Dvorak’s status as a  composer of music that expressed his lovefor his homeland are well known. In America he was able to incorporate American musical ideas into a distinctive sound. The Americans had great faith in him and wanted him to introduce some of Eastern Europe’s music heritage into American culture. Dvorak wrote:

“The Americans expect great things of me. I am to show them the way into the Promised Land, the realm of a new, independent art, in short a national style of music! … This will certainly be a great and lofty task, and I hope that with God’s help I shall succeed in it. I have plenty of encouragement to do so.” Oxford Music.


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