Mostly Mozart – Glass Harmonica

Peter Neville

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)


Revel in this performance of musical risk-taking.

A morning of musical experimentation awaits as percussionists and their piano contemporaries from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) perform a selection of works by Mozart and Hungarian-Austrian composer György Ligeti.

For as long as there has been music, there have been composers experimenting and taking risks throughout their creative process. In the case of Mozart, many of his works deemed ‘experimental’ have stood the test of time. In his Adagio for Glass Harmonica, Mozart uses the instrument’s unique timbres to create an otherworldly sound – a sound Paganini hailed as a ‘celestial voice’.

Invented by Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century, the glass harmonica requires virtuosic precision and gentle care from the performers as they rub their wet fingers on the edges of glass bowls to produce ethereal and haunting tones.

Highly celebrated for his avant-garde music-making, the genius of György Ligeti bookends this performance of Mozart’s most demanding repertoire. First, the boundaries of classical music are pushed to the limits with the intricate melodies and unconventional harmonies of his Chamber Concerto. Rounding out the hour-long performance is the seventh movement of his Musica Ricercata – a collection of pieces in which Ligeti attempted to build a compositional style from the ground up – this time arranged for percussion.

Morning Tea

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Artists & Program


Timothy Young director, piano (ANAM Head of Piano)
Peter Neville director, percussion (ANAM Head of Percussion)
ANAM Musicians


György Ligeti
Chamber Concerto

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Sonata No.6 in D ‘Dürnitz’, K.284
Piano Sonata No.11 in A, K.331
Adagio for Glass Harmonica in C, K.356
Divertimento in D, K.136

György Ligeti
Musica Ricercata

Experience Guide

See.png See pianists and percussionists from Australia’s top music training academy take to the stage.

Hear.png Hear compositions that create an atmosphere of serenity and introspection.

Think.png Think about the importance of risk-taking in creating art.

Feel.png Feel inspired by the next generation of musical masterminds.


This production is part of the following series: