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Tickets and More Information about Masterworks: Magnificent Seven
It's a perfect time to pay homage to the natural splendors of our country.
The Masterworks series continues in December with The New World. The concert will feature legendary pieces that pay homage musically to America. Composers Aaron Copland and Antonin Dvořák have captured the essence of American music both subtlety and uniquely in their pieces.
There are many aspects of America that is special. It's difficult to create music that reflects all of them, but somehow, Copland and Dvořák were able to.
Imagine a beautiful Parisian night at the theatre. Most are expecting to hear music with beautiful melodies and serene themes that reflected the Romantic period. but instead were abruptly surprised and assaulted with irregular rhythms, incredibly high instrument ranges and flat footed ballerinas dancing as though they lost all technique.
It was no wonder Igor Stravinsky's ballet score, The Rite of Spring caused such an outcry as it did on its debut in 1913.
Stravinsky's notorious work inspired today's composers to create more groundbreaking works that continue to break the boundaries of classical music. Stravinsky's ballet score didn't have the expected melodies with impressionistic motifs that reflected the Romantic Period. Stravinsky introduced a new approach to creating music. It didn't have a traditional music form that reflected Mozart and Beethoven. It was shocking for the time and demanded instrumentalists to push their instruments to their limits. The tempo is very difficult in the sense that it is often syncopated or changes every other measure.
While Stravinsky's notorious masterpiece was an in initial shock, over time audience members found the beauty beyond what they originally derided as "noise". A fascinating takeaway from Rite of Spring is that though the musical changes were shocking at the time, they sound pleasing to our ears, almost like chamber music. It is dynamic and interesting, and the sort of music that modern lovers of music find quite accessible.
When you join us, try to imagine what the audiences of 1913 may have been thinking. Do you find it shocking or disturbing? Or do you see it as a wonderful, compelling piece of music? Either way, our perspectives of music have evolved because of this thrilling discovery of The Rite of Spring.
This is a masterpiece we should all experience.
Hear it live as Music Director Anu Tali opens the Masterworks season with The Rite Music at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, November 4-6. For ticket information, click here.
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