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Oxford Chamber Music Festival – Gypsy Heart

Fri 6 Oct 13:00 - 14:20

This year’s Oxford Chamber Music Festival celebrates Freigeist – free spirits and untamed hearts – in unpredictable music that refuses to play by the rules. For the full festival programme, venues and list of musicians, see OCMF.

Gypsy Heart

Haydn ‘Gypsy rondo’ from Piano trio No. 37 in G major
Brahms Hungarian Dances (selection) for violin and piano and for piano duet
Dvořák Gypsy songs, Op. 55 – My song sounds of love; Songs my mother taught me; The string is tuned.
Brahms Piano quartet in G minor, Op. 25


Impulsive, flamboyant and soulful, Gypsy music and musicians have been the toast of central Europe for centuries. So addictive was their style that Haydn could not resist putting a gypsy rondo into an otherwise delicate piano trio. Later, Dvořák’s Gypsy songs, including Songs my mother taught me, passionately declared both freedom and music to be basic human needs. In between, Brahms – who soaked up the music from his friend the gypsy violinist Remenyi – had worldwide hits with his Hungarian Dances, and took the style to incandescent heights in the wild finale of his piano quartet.

Photograph by featured artist Julian Arp, who is also performing as a cellist in the festival.

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Date and Time

Fri 6 Oct
13:00 - 14:20
£22, free for ages 8-25.


SJE Arts
St John the Evangelist church, 109A Iffley Road
Oxford, OX4 1EH


Oxford Chamber Music Festival
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