December30 2021 (Thu)
7:30 PM

Royal Fireworks

Collegium 1704 & Collegium Vocale 1704

Rudolfinum - Dvořák Hall | Classical Music

120 minutes | Not available

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Date: December 30, 2021 | 19:30 (Thu)
Venue: Rudolfinum - Dvořák Hall
Duration: 120 minutes
Status: Not available
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The dazzling work by G. F. Händel and pieces by A. Caldara and F. Barsanti performed by great Collegium 1704 in Rudolfinum

The Music for the Royal Fireworks is an expression of the purest delight. Händel wrote this dazzling work in 1749, originally for a gigantic cast of wind instruments, to be performed in the open air to celebrate the conclusion of the War of the Austrian Succession and the signing of the Treaty of Aachen. Immediately afterwards, Händel produced a version for a string orchestra with wind instruments. In this form, the work became immortal and won the admiration of Handel’s contemporaries and generations of future composers. W. A. Mozart described it as “a spectacle of English pride and joy.”


  • G. F. Händel
    Music for the Royal Fireworks HWV 351
    Concerto a due cori HWV 333
  • Antonio Caldara
    Sinfonia C Major
  • Francesco Barsanti
    Concerti grossi op. 3. no. 4 & 6


Collegium 1704 & Collegium Vocale 1704
Václav Luks
 - conductor

Collegium 1704 is a Prague-based highly acclaimed Baroque orchestra established in 2005 by the conductor and harpsichordist Václav Luks. The orchestra & vocal ensemble present famous orchestral and choral works by well-known composers as well as long-forgotten and now rediscovered treasures of the Baroque repertoire. The ensemble has been successfuly promoting work of Czech masters like Jan Dismas Zelenka and Josef Mysliveček.