MUSIC FOR THE ROYAL SHE
Joseph Haydn: Theresienmesse for the Empress Maria Therese
Henry Purcell: Birthday Ode for Queen Mary
George Frideric Handel: Te Deum for Queen Caroline
February 25-28, 2021
True Concord Choir, Soloists & Orchestra
Elegant, Regal — A Jubilant Celebration!
The Sounds of an Era, a Distant Time, a Way of Being
Imagine courts and countries deciding who you were going to marry — sight unseen. Think of sailing through stormy seas to a distant shore, reaching land and walking with your new stranger-husband for miles. Finally, in slightly more royal style, a bumpy carriage reaches your new home — a large, cold castle.
Hers was a life of power without self-determination. Jealousy, whispers, great responsibility and little freedom.
At least she deserved a song!
An important patron of Vienese music, Maria Theresa, the last Holy Roman Empress and the first Empress of Austria, was herself the soprano soloist at private court performances of Haydn’s The Creation and The Seasons.
Queen Mary made her mark in many ways: endowing hospitals and the College of William and Mary, influencing garden design, and popularizing blue and white porcelain and the keeping of goldfish as pets.
The young princess Caroline traveled to Britain, making her only sea voyage to start her new life as Queen. Her safe arrival was celebrated by a composition that was later played at her funeral, welcoming her to heaven.
What did all these royal women have in common? Great composers and great music!