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The 3MBS Marathon returns for its ninth year in 2021 with a day celebrating the music of Joseph Haydn. 

Known as the ‘Father of the Symphony AND the String Quartet’, the 3MBS 2021 Haydn Marathon is a day not to be missed. 

Hear many of Melbourne’s finest musicians perform Haydn favourites and lesser-known works. You’ll be able to join the audience or watch every concert online.

Premium, Single Concert and online tickets are available for purchase to see some of Australia’s finest musicians perform including Arcadia Winds, Elyane Laussade, Rohan de Korte, Kristian Chong, Tristan Lee, Amir Farid, the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra and many more.


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Program Overview

Concert 1: The Concerto | 12pm – 1:05pm

Renowned pianist Kristian Chong, together with the 3MBS Chamber Orchestra, will open the first concert of the 2021 3MBS Haydn Marathon with the rousing Piano Concerto No.11 in D, with its lively Hungarian Rondo finale that will leave you breathless. 

The concert will continue with the much-loved Cello Concerto No.1 in C, performed by soloist Rohan de Korte. This concerto was written in the 1760s, however, the autograph score was lost until a copy was located in Prague in 1961. Rohan de Korte will follow in a long line of distinguished cello virtuosi who have championed this work. 

Soloist William Hennessy AM will round off the program with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra in the lively Violin Concerto No.1 in C, originally composed for the great 18th Century violinist, Luigi Tomasini. 

Concert 2: The Chamber | 2pm – 3pm

The second concert in today’s Marathon will feature a variety of instrumental forces in celebration of Haydn’s mastery of chamber music. Melbourne’s Trio Anima Mundi will present the youthful Piano Trio No.10 in A, which is likely to have been composed when Haydn was still in his twenties. The work gives fascinating insight into Haydn’s compositional journey, and this early composition can be contrasted with the artistic maturity evident in the last chamber work in this program.    

Arcadia Winds continues the program with a performance of the Divertimento in E-flat that is bound to bring you joy.  

Celebrated period instrument specialist, Laura Vaughan will perform the soothing Divertimento for Baryton Trio No.27 in D. Originally written for the baryton, Laura will perform the work on the bass viol, enabling audiences to hear a thoughtful interpretation of a lesser-known work from Haydn’s oeuvre. 

The Firebird Trio will then take to the stage for the exciting ‘Gypsy Rondo’ piano trio. This work is one of Haydn’s later works composed in London in 1795 and is known for its stirring finale based on traditional Hungarian dance tunes. 

Concert 3: The Quartet| 4pm – 5:03pm

Haydn’s String Quartet No.41 in D, nicknamed ‘The Frog’, was composed in 1787 and was one of a set of quartets known as the ‘Prussian’ which were dedicated to King Frederick William II of Prussia.  A graceful work, it also shows Haydn’s wit and sense of humour, and will be performed by the Melbourne-based Fidelio Quartet. 

The second work on this program is inspired by the 2nd movement of the famous String Quartet No.62 in C, nicknamed the ‘Emperor.’ Variation on a Theme by Haydn is an original piece composed by pianist Joe Chindamo.

The Rathdowne Quartet will bring this concert to a stunning close with the String Quartet No. 49 in B minor, Op.64, No.2, dedicated to the Hungarian violinist Johann Tost who helped find a publisher for this e set of quartets. 

Concert 4: The Keyboard| 6pm – 7:10pm

The fourth concert of the 3MBS Haydn Marathon is dedicated to Haydn’s keyboard works. It opens with one of his most famous keyboard sonatas, the Sonata No.59 in E-flat, performed by Elyane Laussade. This sonata was dedicated to Haydn’s close friend Maria Anna von Genzinger.  

Pianist Ian Munro will follow, giving his performance of the moving Variations in F minor. The work is said to have been composed as a response to the death of Haydn’s friend, and dedicatee of the previous work, Maria Anna von Genzinger.

The Piano Sonata No. 62 in E-flat was the last work Haydn ever composed for keyboard and one of his greatest. Written in 1794, the piece has gone down in history as one of Haydn’s most dramatic keyboard works, and in this concert, pianist Tristan Lee will bring pathos and unbridled virtuosity to it.    

This concert reaches its finale with the stirring Variations in E-flat, featuring the refined talent of Amir Farid. 

Concert 5: The Symphony| 8:30pm – 9:35pm

One of Haydn’s most famous symphonies, Symphony No.104 in D, will conclude the Marathon in an arrangement by the composer’s friend, Johann Peter Salomon. Salomon brought Haydn to London in 1790s and performed his works in subscription concerts. He also arranged many of Haydn’s works to be performed by various instrumental ensembles and forces. This arrangement, performed by the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra, will represent a truly fitting apotheosis of Haydn’s musical output and of the 2021 3MBS Haydn Marathon.  


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