Mozart Fest features authentic tunes
This year Edmonton Mozart Festival brings an added dose of authenticity.
Modern pianos differ from the kinds used when the famous composer was writing music in terms of construction, which, in turn, leads to a different sound.
piano we be using is commonly called a fortepiano. Because it lighter, made of wood as opposed to having a metal frame like a modern piano, it is softer, but the touch itself is much lighter, which makes the keys more bouncy and more responsive, said Anders Muskens, the festival founder.
lot of music by 18th century composers, such as Mozart and Haydn, employs this, since quick light runs and fast moving notes are more easily played. never really understood why some people said that Mozart pushed the instrument to its limits until he actually played it.
The fortepiano has fewer octaves than the ones more commonly found today, (the one at the Mozart Festival has four), but, when writing, the famous composer used the whole range of octaves, while most modern pieces only use a small fraction, he said.
This year ensemble also features a range of string, wood wind and brass instruments, along with the harpsichord. In its first year, back in 2011, the Mozart Fest was made up of fewer than 10 high school music students.
This year, it has around 16 university music students and musicians from around Edmonton.
This year, the non profit festival will be focusing on keyboard concertos of the 18th century. This also includes the works of Hadyn, said Muskens.
find a lot of music, especially that from the 19th century and onward, has a lot of emotions, but seems to me to just be a display of over dramatized sentimentality, said Muskens.
think Mozart music is a lot more sincere in that regard, actually displaying genuine human emotions. Some may go as far to say it has a sublime quality. the future, Muskens hopes to expand the festival to include dancers, historical performances and vocal performances.