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December 4, 2020 | Vienna chamber music cycle

Viennese chamber music cycle by the Auner Quartet

Live broadcast from the Hofmusikkapelle | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Adagio and Fugue in C minor | Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue 1,2,8 Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quintet in C major

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Viennese chamber music cycle by the Auner Quartet
Viennese chamber music cycle by the Auner Quartet

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Dec 04, 2020, 7:30 PM – Dec 11, 2020, 11:30 PM

December 4, 2020 | Vienna chamber music cycle

Über die Veranstaltung

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Adagio and Fugue in C minor, KV 546


Johann Sebastian Bach The art of the fugue

Contrapunctus 1 Contrapunctus 2 Contrapunctus 8 a 3


Ludwig van Beethoven String Quintet in C major, Op. 29

Allegro moderato Adagio, Molto espressivo Scherzo - Allegro Presto


Alexander Zemtsov, viola



The genre of the “fugue quartet”, which was particularly valued by Emperor Joseph II, the combination of a fugue with a slow introduction, forms the musical center of the first part. The emperor's court composers Albrechtsberger and Salieri were specialized in this, so not only the fascination with the fugues of the Bach dynasty served as a stimulus for Mozart, but certainly also the opportunity to prove his mastery in fugue writing to the emperor. No other work by the composer is as chromatic as this work.

The template for this is provided by the collection "The Art of Fugue" by Johann Sebastian Bach, later referred to as such. Contrapunktus 8 was the direct template for Mozart's compositional work. For many musicians, the art of the fugue is one of the greatest works in music history.


Johann Graf von Fries, co-owner of the Fries & Co bank, was one of the richest men of his time due to his close commercial ties with the imperial family. Responsible for the minting and distribution of the Maria Theresa thaler, he not only passed on his wealth but also his passion for art to his son Ferdinand - who went down in art history as a great patron. He was closely connected to Beethoven, and not only Beethoven's only string quintet but also his 7th Symphony bears the honorable dedication. As a center of power and prosperity, the Hofburg also indirectly enabled the creation of unrivaled artistic feats.


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