Roberto Sierra Fandangos

Roberto Sierra Fandangos Program Notes The  fandango  is  a  Spanish  courtly  dance,  in  three-four  time,  with  a  four-measure  bass  line.  Energetic  yet  simple  melodic  material  completes  the  piece,  likely  reflecting  the  fandango’s  Baroque  dance  origins,  with  melodies  improvised  over  the  repeated  bass.  In  classical  music,  one  of  the  most  famous Read more…

Sibelius Rakastava

Sibelius Rakastava Program Notes This  three-movement  work  for  string  orchestra,  timpani  and  triangle,  began  life  as  an  unaccompanied  work  for  men’s  choir,  entered  in  the  1893  University  of  Helsinki  choral  competition.    For  a  text,  Sibelius  chose  three  poems  from  the  Kanteletar,  a  book  of  Finnish-language  folk  poetry  collected  by  Elias Read more…

Britten The Young Person’s Guide

Britten The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell Program Notes Not  too  long  after  returning  from  Lenox,  Massachusetts,  where  he’d  workshopped  his  new  opera  Peter  Grimes  with  the  students  at  Tanglewood  (and  their  young  conductor,  Leonard  Bernstein),  English  composer  Benjamin  Britten  was  brought Read more…