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Samuel Barber (1910-1981) Born March 9, 1910 in West Chester, PA. Died January 23, 1981 in New York City. Adagio for String Orchestra, Op. 11 Composed 1936. First Performance: November 5, 1938 with Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony. Instrumentation: string orchestra (first and second violins with divided parts, viola divided, cello divided and bass)…
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Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) Born: September 13, 1874 in Vienna Died: July 13, 1951 in Brentwood Park, Los Angeles, California Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4 Completed: December 1, 1899. Arranged for string orchestra in 1917 and revised in 1943. First performance: March 18, 1902 by the Rosé Quartet with an extra violist and cellist at…
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This past Sunday afternoon I went to a performance of Program II of the The Pennsylvania Ballet at The Academy of Music. I’ve written music for dancers but I’m no expert on dance. The Inquirer’s review of this performance has more insightful things to say about the dancers. Here I’ll just add a few words…
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On March 21, 2010 there will be a concert by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra at the Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall which is on the Princeton University campus. Tickets for the concert are available online. They will play: Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) Barber Adagio for Strings Tavener The Protecting Veil The concert is at…
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Mei-Ann Chen has been named the new Music Director for the Memphis Symphony. She was assistant conductor for the Baltimore Symphony and Atlanta Symphony and well as being a League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow. She was a finalist for the music director position for the Princeton Symphony. She conducted the PSO’s January 18, 2009…
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Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Born March 31, 1732 in Rohrau Austria. Died May 31, 1897 in Vienna Austria. Symphony No. 88 in G Major. Composed: 1787. First Performance: Paris, 1787. Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, and strings. Duration: ~25 min. Haydn wrote five symphonies between his celebrated Paris[82-87] and…
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Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983) Born April 11, 1916 in Buenos Aires. Died June 25, 1983 in Geneva. Variaciones concertantes, Op. 23 Composed: 1953. First Performance: June 2, 1953 in Buenos Aires with Igor Markevitch conducting the Asociacion de la Musica Orchestra. Instrumentation: piccolo, 2 flutes, oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon, 2 horns, trumpet trombone, timpani, harp, strings.…
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Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Born March 7, 1875 in Ciboure near Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Basses-Pyrénées. Died December 28, 1937 in Paris, France. Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose) Suite. Cinq Pièces Enfantines. Composed: 1908-10, 1911. First Performances: The original piano duet was premiered by Christine Verger and Germaine Duramy, (6 and 10 years old!), Salle Gaveau at a concert…
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Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953) Born April 23, 1891 in Sontsovka, Ukraine. Died March 5, 1953 in Moscow. “Classical” Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 Composed:1916-1917. First Performance: April 21, 1918 in Saint Petersburg (then called Petrograd) with Prokofiev conducting the Former Court Orchestra. Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns,…
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Wolfgang Mozart (1756-1791) Born January 27, 1756 in Salzburg, Austria. Died December 5, 1791 in Vienna, Austria. Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor K. 491 Completed March 24, 1786. First Performance: Probably April 3, 1786 at the Burgtheater in Vienna in a subscription concert with Mozart as soloist. Instrumentation: flute, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets,…
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