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The Cyprus Symphony Orchestra is getting ready to perform an interesting series of concerts in Paphos, and Limassol, without a conductor.

The orchestra will bring the works of Gaetano Donizetti, Joachim Raff and Pyotr Ilyrich Tchaikovsky to the Paphos stage on Wednesday and to the Limassol stage on Thursday.

Donizetti may today be better-known as one of the leading composers of bel canto operas but he also wrote a number of orchestral works, among which is the Sinfonia for Winds in 1817 (which is part of the orchestra’s programme).

German-Swiss composer Raff meanwhile appears to have coined the term Sinfonietta for precisely his opus 188 written in the spring of 1873. Described as little or light symphonies, the work was very popular in its day and no doubt helped the use of the term among composers.

Rounding off the programme will be Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. Written in 1880, it’s characterised by the well-known Tchaikovskian colour, with its best-known movement most probably the second one, the Moderato-Tempo di valse.

Without a Conductor
Performance by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. November 10. 8.30pm. Rialto theatre, Limassol. €12/7/5/3. Tel: 22-463144

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