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Grafenegg Festival: European Union Youth Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda

Grafenegg, Transfer to Grafenegg from Vienna Musikverein, Ecke Bösendorferstraße/Canovagasse

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About the Event

Don Quixote and The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra are two works of variations that are entirely distinct. Don Quixote holds a prominent place in literary history as the "Knight of the Sorrowful Countenance." Richard Strauss ingeniously selected Miguel de Cervantes's tragi‐comic hero as the protagonist for an ironic orchestral composition, serving as a counterpoint to "Ein Heldenleben." In this composition, the solo cello perfectly embodies Don Quixote, while the solo viola represents Sancho Panza. Similarly, Benjamin Britten delves into the past by using a theme by Henry Purcell as the foundation for his "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra." Britten skillfully deconstructs and modifies the theme for different sections of the orchestra before triumphantly reassembling it in a fugue. This composition is a timeless masterpiece cherished by individuals of all ages.

Practical Information

For clients who have booked inclusive bus transfer:

Departure Vienna Musikverein, corner Bösendorferstraße/Canovagasse: 270 minutes before the concert begins

Return from Grafenegg: approx. 15 minutes after the end of the concert

Journey time approx. 55 min


  • Benjamin Britten – «The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra» für Orchester und Sprecher ad libitum op. 34
  • Richard Strauss – «Don Quixote» Fantastische Variationen über ein Thema ritterlichen Charakters op. 35
  • Carlos Simon – «Fate now conquers»
Program is subject to change


Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
Orchestra: European Union Youth Orchestra

The history of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) began in 1974 when the European Parliament’s Committee on Cultural Affairs and Youth laid the foundations of the orchestra. Their aim was to create a musical workshop where talented young European musicians could work together under the direction of internationally recognised great conductors to create productions to be performed each year in many cities of Europe.
With its realisation the European Union added to this goal that the orchestra should set an example of co‐operation with its work, demonstrating the achievement and creativity of European youth. The ensemble made its debut in 1978 under the direction of Claudio Abbado. Over the years leading conductors (Barenboim, Bernstein, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Karajan, Zubin Mehta, Rostropovich, Georg Solti) have worked with the orchestra. 140 young musicians are active in the EUYO. Each year more than four thousand young musicians aged between 14 and 23 apply to join the orchestra.

Cello: Nicolas Altstaedt


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