It can only mean one thing when the world-famous Golden Hall of the Wiener Musikverein is transformed into a living room: Franz Schubert has invited his friends to one of his celebrated home concerts – a Schubertiade! With song and dance, the children and their teachers experienced, together with the members of the Wiener Symphoniker, the sound of chamber music and how a small ensemble grows into a large orchestra. An absolute highlight was when the entire hall sang Franz Schubert’s Trout Quintet – all three verses by heart!
The Wiener Symphoniker’s school concert in the Great Hall of the Wiener Musikverein, 27 January 2017, for children aged 7-10.
Gustavo Gimeno conductor
Lilian Genn concept and dramaturgy
Lena Schwentenwein, costumes
Tina Handl costumes
Bettina Büttner-Krammer concept and dramaturgy
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Chamber Music (extracts):
Trio in B Major, D 471
String Quartet in C Major, D 956
Octet in F Major, D 803
German Dance No. 1 from 5 German Dances with 7 Trios & Coda, D 90
1st, 2nd and 4th Movements from Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D 200
Lilian Genn, our dazzling host, had the pleasure of asking the young maestro Gustavo Gimeno to conduct several extracts from one of Franz Schubert’s wonderful symphonies and took us back to the year 1828, when his music first echoed through the Wiener Musikverein.
A training session provided the participating teachers with a large amount of teaching material to prepare creatively in lessons. 12 classes then had the opportunity to delve more deeply into the history of Romanticism at workshops in the Schubert Geburtshaus.
Thank you for your preparatory work for yesterday’s school concert. I had great fun at it and believe that the children also got a lot from it. My daughter and her class were really enthusiastic (the teacher too!).
Josef Eder, hornist.
Congratulations! It was a wonderful project that promises to have a lasting impact not only on the children, but also on us. We found it a great pleasure.
Prof. Mag. Werner Fleischmann, double bass.
The concert was magnificent once again! Again, there was a perfect balance between listening and participating. I would never have dreamed that something like this was possible under the motto of “Schubertiade”! I was especially sceptical that the children would sit through the symphony, but here, too, in the third movement, the clapping and patting acted as a great participatory activity, which in itself had many musical lessons for the children! All the children were completely entranced. I have to add that I was with a year one class including children with special needs. Even our pupil with ADHD, who normally can only focus for a few minutes, listened closely and participated enthusiastically on account of the brilliant approach! We are so grateful to everyone for the amazing organisation, the workshop along with the teaching notes (again, a dream come true for every teacher!) and the concert, and we look forward to many other concerts!
Yasmine Zwiauer, VS Kunterbunt, 1170 Vienna