FCS Masterworks #2 :: On the Cusp

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On the Cusp

In the last decade of the 18th century one genius's career was drawing to a close, while the first symphony of a revolutionary composer was being sketched out.  Haydn wrote his last twelve symphonies in London.  He was treated like a modern day "rock star" and produced a culmination of wit and elegance in these magnificent works.  His Symphony No. 101, aka "Clock," is delightful in so many ways.  While Haydn was producing his final monument, Beethoven was just warming up.  His Symphony No. 1 is a "wolf in sheepskin," taking the 18th century model and by sheer personality starting the transformation that would blossom into 19th century Romanticism.  In between these two symphonies, Haydn returned to Vienna and composed his greatest concerto, the Eb Major Trumpet Concerto.  Never has such a work been matched for this instrument in popularity and virtuosity.  Our own Andrew Bishop, principal trumpet of the FCS, will dazzle you with his technical wizardry and luminous sound.

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