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A self-taught pianist, his interest and talent in music was not observed or developed until the age of nineteen.
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Graduating from the Moscow State Conservatory in with a diploma in composition, Khachaturian immediately began to establish himself as a composer on both domestic and foreign fronts. The noted Russian composer attempting to murder both his wife Gayane and daughDmitri Kabalevsky once offered his opinion on ter. Program notes may not be reproduced without the written. Program Notes by Scott Sorenson and percussion clearly suggest an influence from a fellow Russian composer of an earlier generation, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
Over the past seventy years, this work has thrilled audiences across the globe and has achieved a prominent place in the orchestral repertoire.
Khachaturian compiled three orchestral dance suites from Gayane. In the ballet, the sensational dance is presented as a movement in the final act. It evokes a whirling Kurdish folk dance where the performers display their skill with sabres.
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The large orchestra and colorful instrumentations featuring brass. The work was premiered the day after Christmas with moderate success, yet the enterprising Rossini already had his eyes on another project. Eleven days before the first performance, he signed a contract with the rival Teatro di Torre Argentina to compose an opera for their house. Rossini, already recognized for his seemingly inexhaustible font of inspiration, completed what would soon become his own Barber of Seville in less than three Gioachino Rossini in Overture to The Barber of Seville Rome, Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, and strings.
Put more clearly, Rossini is usually considered the finest composer of these light-hearted, humorous, and tuneful works. The Overture, a well-known symphonic concert opener, has its own comically unique beginning. Program Notes by Scott Sorenson real tiff over the fact that young Rossini had the audacity to use the same subject as their idol Paisello.
During an early scene, a singer fell flat on his face and sung his aria through a nosebleed. Moments later, a cat wandered onto stage and tormented the cast with its claws. When tenor Manuel Garcia had finally tuned his guitar and was ready to perform, he spontaneously broke into a short recital of Spanish songs. Well, the audience went into an uproar and any chance of salvaging a positive first impression was lost. Rossini left at the interval and was too disgusted to return the following evening. Somehow, the original orchestral introduction was lost during the early weeks of performances.
Rather than rewriting this portion of the score, Rossini decided to recycle an overture that he had previously used in the tragedies Aureliano in Palmira and also in Elizabeth, Queen of England So, for two centuries, the themes presented in the Overture that we commonly associate with The Barber of Seville bear no resemblance to the music heard in the opera. Very funny indeed! It really does not matter as both the Overture with its superb melodies and the opera itself have become beloved favorites of the orchestral and operatic repertoire.
Massenet strived to enchant his listeners with fluid music marked by strong elements of tenderness, melancholy, and striking passion. Jules Massenet The name Jules Massenet does not often appear on symphonic programs. Despite the fact that he wrote a fair amount of chamber, orchestral, and choral music, his reputation rests primarily in the threedozen operas that came from his pen.
Initially, audiences could not fully appreciate its tender poetic beauty. It was only after numerous performances that the passionate melodies and atmospheric orchestrations began to gain favor in the eye of the musical public. Selections from Carmen Paris and Bougival on the Seine, Instrumentation: 2 flutes 2nd doubling on piccolo , 2 oboes 2nd doubling on English horn , 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, bass drum, castanets, cymbals, snare drum, tam-tam, tambourine, triangle, harp, and strings.
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky He was mightily impressed with the young French composer and absolutely correct in his assessment of the work.
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Carmen did, in fact, experience an almost contagious rise in popularity over the next decade with numerous productions being mounted in the great opera houses of Europe. Within a half-century of its composition, Carmen had been staged over three thousand times in Paris alone. Program Notes by Scott Sorenson Carmen is a classic tale of seduction, love, betrayal, and murder.
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However, its premiere and earliest beginnings were considerably more modest. With the initial rehearsals scheduled for October of , Bizet began work on his new theatre piece in January of that year. By the summer he had completed the first act and probably had sketched more, but the project was suspended due to the difficulties in securing a mezzo-soprano for the lead role. This overabundance of music was, of course, revised and edited as time went on.
Carmen was premiered on March 3, and received divided impressions from the audience and mixed reviews in the press. Composers Offenbach, Massenet, and Gounod were in attendance that evening and were split in their opinions as well. Tragically, Bizet died at the age of thirty-seven one day after the 33rd performance.
Following that, the opera was given in Vienna which soon led to a worldwide triumph. It is certainly a pity that Bizet did not live long enough to experience the acceptance and popularity of his masterpiece. It is sheer perfection. What wonderful economy, how every note is in its proper place. It is the fate of great geniuses to be misunderstood by their contemporaries. Wagner is no friend of mine. The charm of his music is inexpressible.
Here are voluptuousness, tenderness, love. This man is the nineteenth German spirit incarnate. Written over a period of twenty years, the sheer scale of the epic Ring cycle makes it the most ambitious contribution to operatic literature by any composer.
All four operas were finally performed together from August , at the Festspielhaus in Bayreuth — an opera house designed by Wagner specifically for the purpose of staging the Ring. Hold on to your hats! In the spring of , Wagner was forced to flee his Dresden home in the wake of the European Revolutions of Implicated by his political views, he absconded to Zurich with the help of Franz Liszt. By the end of the winter in , he had the entire opera fully composed and orchestrated. Modest Mussorgsky Born: March 21, , Karevo, Russia Died: March 28, , Saint Petersburg barren mountaintop around the summer solstice, Mussorgsky made sketches for an opera in As he was still quite young and idealistic, the project was eventually abandoned, although the seed of a tremendous idea had begun to germinate.
These plans too were discarded, yet the possibility of creating a musical program depicting an orgy of dancing witches continued to grow. A short while later he wrote to fellow composer RimskyKorsakov:. Night on Bald Mountain Minkino, Russia, ; rev. Nicolai RimskyKorsakov, Instrumentation: piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, bass drum, chimes, cymbals, tam-tam, harp, and strings.
Franz Liszt always fascinated by death experimented with the notion in Totentanz However, its origins were as rough as its creator and decades would pass before the work earned the stamp of approval from the musical public. On the eve of St. Assembly Of Witches, Hubbub and Chatter; 2. Ceremonies in Honor of Satan; 4. As regards plan and form the work is fairly novel.
It is compact and glowing. The general character of the thing is warmth; nothing drags, all is firmly connected. Rimsky-Korsakov, along with noted composer Mily Balakirev, did listen to the piano reduction and because of its inherent flaws judged the work unsuitable for performance.
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Mussorgsky was devastated, withdrew his efforts from further consideration, and disappointedly shelved the manuscript. Program Notes by Scott Sorenson poem. A note in the printed score, probably by Mussorgsky and edited by Rimsky-Korsakov, provides the program for Night on Bald Mountain:. A subterranean din of unearthly voices.
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