April 19, 2019

Jean Sibelius wrote the Romanze in C for string orchestra, Op. 42, in 1904, at around the same time as his Violin Concerto. Sibelius’s interest in creating a distinctively Finnish sound can be heard in the declamatory motif that begins the brief work, combined with the...

September 16, 2018

The genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) is universally recognized; one can easily imagine that, at any given moment, someone somewhere in the world is probably listening to or playing his music. His works have withstood the test of time, retaining their beaut...

October 25, 2017

What does it mean to recompose a work of music? This recital presents three composers’ vastly differing responses to this question: Busoni’s piano transcription of J. S. Bach’s chorale prelude, itself based on a tune by Philipp Nicolai; Al-Zand’s Pattern Preludes, taki...

January 29, 2017

The three works on this program span the first half of the twentieth century: its beginning (Rachmaninoff), World War I (Respighi), and World War II (Poulenc). Going backwards chronologically, this recital explores these composers’ takes on the genre of duo sonatas and...

December 2, 2016

The turn of the twentieth century brought great change. Amidst political unrest, technological advances, and the birth of psychoanalysis flourished a wealth of artistic styles and movements that dealt with the concept of modernism in very different ways. The five works...

March 29, 2016

The Prelude and Fugue presents a clear juxtaposition between strict counterpoint and freer composition, an opposition that, in Western music, can be traced at least as far back as the 12th century, with the alternation between discant style and florid organum found in...

March 21, 2015

This program explores the theme of evocation through music. Whether in conjuring visions of distant lands or painting portraits of characters (real or imagined), the composers of these works derived their inspiration from extramusical sources and sought to convey their...

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Sibelius, Britten, and Shostakovich: Program note for the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra concert

April 19, 2019

Jean Sibelius wrote the Romanze in C for string orchestra, Op. 42, in 1904, at around the same time as his Violin Concerto. Sibelius’s interest in cre...

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