Brahms and Haydn

Brahms : Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56a
Theofanidis : Drum Circlese
Haydn : Symphony No. 103 in E-flat Major, “Drum Roll”3


Carolyn Kuan, Conductor
The Percussion Collective, Svet Stoyanov, Doug Perry, Victor Caccese & Ayano Kataoka
Robert van Sice, Artistic Director

It is surprising to note that Brahms’ masterful Variations on a Theme of Haydn is not inspired by a Haydn composition at all; rather, the theme – “St. Anthony’s Chorale” – is thought to have been written by Haydn’s student, and misattributed.

Haydn’s grand Symphony No. 103, nicknamed “The Drum Roll,” was one of the composer’s 12 renowned London Symphonies, written during a particularly joyful and prolific time of his life.

Theofanidis’ Drum Circles is a brand-new concerto for percussion and orchestra, co-commissioned by the HSO and featuring The Percussion Collective.

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