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Pierre van Maldere: Dublin's first symphonist?

Updated: Feb 22, 2023

Is this the first movement of one of the first symphonies heard in Ireland?

Pierre van Maldere (1729 - 1768) was a Flemish composer and violinist who directed a concert series in Dublin between 1751 and 1753. He was well-known in Paris and Vienna, and both Mozart and Haydn would have encountered his work. His 'Dublin' Sinfonias may well have been the first symphonies heard in Ireland.

You can hear his Symphony in G major (VR 28) on the Irish Baroque Orchestra's 2021 Linn Records release 'The Trials of Tenducci'.

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