Requiem for the 20th Century
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Conductor’s Notes Q&A at 7 PM
Concert 8 PM—10:10 PM
(Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage)
Ralph Vaughan Williams – Symphony No. 6
György Ligeti – Requiem (N.Y. Premiere of full piece, sung in Latin)
Alfred Schnittke – Nagasaki (U.S. Premiere, sung in Russian)
English translations will be provided in the concert program
A memorial in music. Those lost in some of the greatest tragedies of the 1900s are paid tribute by composers who lived through them.
Maestro Leon Botstein shares the stories behind the music in a lively 30-minute Conductor’s Notes Q&A at 7 PM in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Free for all ticket holders.
Read the Playbill for this concert. (©Playbill, Inc.)
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Symphony No. 6
Violent, chaotic, often disturbing. It’s no wonder that post-WWII audiences found catharsis in Vaughan Williams’ sixth symphony, embracing it with over 100 performances within two years of its premiere. Still, the composer insisted, “It never seems to occur to people that a man might just want to write a piece of music.”
In 1944, Ligeti was sent to a forced labor camp while his brother was sent to Mauthausen and his parents to Auschwitz. Only the composer and his mother survived. He later said, “One dimension of my music bears the imprint of a long time spent in the shadow of death.” His Requiem is one of those works.
A powerful oratorio in remembrance of an unspeakable tragedy. Performed only once during the composer’s lifetime, Schnittke’s Nagasaki is based on three poems by Russian and Japanese authors, and was influenced by composers ranging from Shostakovich and Prokofiev to Bach, Stravinsky, and even Carl Orff.
This project is made possible with the support of The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust.