Pioneering Influence: Cesar Franck By Leon Botstein Written for the concert Pioneering Influence: César Franck, performed on Jan 7, 2007 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. In the history of music, the influence exerted by a composer and his work has had little correlation with whether the composer ever engaged in formal teaching. Not…

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Ernest Chausson, Poeme de l’amour et de la mer, Op.19 By Paul Griffiths Written for the concert Pioneering Influence: César Franck, performed on Jan 7, 2007 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. “A beautiful sunset that was mistaken for a dawn.” This was Debussy’s mature assessment of Wagner, and of the French passion for Wagner…

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Paul Dukas, Symphony in C By Paul Griffiths Written for the concert Pioneering Influence: César Franck, performed on Jan 7, 2007 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Like many in Franck’s circle, Dukas was drawn to the senior composer more as a model and master than as a formal teacher. His training he received…

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Albéric Magnard, Hymn to Venus, Op. 17 By Fred Kirshnit Written for the concert Pioneering Influence: César Franck, performed on Jan 7, 2007 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Most of us are remembered, if at all, for the way that we lived, but there are those who are memorialized because of how they died.…

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César Franck, Symphony in D minor By Vincent Giroud Written for the concert Pioneering Influence: César Franck, performed on Jan 7, 2007 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Born in 1822, César Franck was 65 when he set to work on his Symphony in D minor. An isolated figure for many years despite an early…

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