Musical Autobiography 03/14/2003 at 08:00 PM – Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center Concert Notes Musical Autobiography – Leon Botstein A Vision: My Youth (1907) – Morten Solvik Viola Concerto (1985) – Gerard McBurney Suk’s Asrael as Autobiography and More – Michael Beckerman

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A Vision: My Youth (1907) By Morten Solvik Written for the concert Musical Autobiography, performed on March 14, 2003 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. For all of the fame he achieved in his lifetime, Franz Lehár (1870-1948) remained something of a frustrated artist. His most famous composition, The Merry Widow (1905), ranks as…

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Viola Concerto (1985) By Gerard McBurney Written for the concert Musical Autobiography, performed on March 14, 2003 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. One of the great advantages of being a composer in the Soviet Union – and there were many disadvantages – was that as long as you had something serious to say…

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Suk’s Asrael as Autobiography and More By Michael Beckerman Written for the concert Musical Autobiography, performed on March 14, 2003 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The writing of explicitly autobiographical works is an essential part of any putative “Czech tradition.” Though the string quartet has always had a reputation for abstraction, Bedrich Smetana…

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