When asked to compose a piece in the popular style of his student, Ignaz Pleyel, portrayed in the press as his rival, Haydn quipped, “a bloody harmonious war will commence between master and pupil,” when he finished his Sinfonia Concertante.
There are two versions of Schumann’s Symphony No. 4. He finished the first in 1841, and revised it ten years later. The 1851 version was the first published and Clara Schumann, Robert’s wife, believed it to be the better version. Brahms much preferred the 1841 version and against Clara’s wishes, published it in 1891.
The performance also features the world premiere piece from former TSO Young Composers Project student, Sarah Olivo.