Dante’s Inferno By Leon Botstein Written for the concert Dante’s Inferno, performed on Jan 25, 2002 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The choice of sources of inspiration for musical composition makes for a fascinating study, especially when a source is one of the great and canonic works of Western civilization. Like Shakespeare, Dante…

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A Symphony to Dante’s Divine Comedy By Bernard Jacobson Written for the concert Dante’s Inferno, performed on Jan 25, 2002 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Liszt was perhaps the least abstractly inclined of the great composers. Where Chopin’s piano works, for all their wealth of poetic and patriotic feeling, are for the most…

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Francesca da Rimini By Maya Pritsker Written for the concert Dante’s Inferno, performed on Jan 25, 2002 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. To be a Russian composer at the end of the nineteenth century and not to write operas would be rare indeed. Sergei Rachmaninoff first had success in this genre with Aleko…

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