STRAVINSKY’S FIREBIRD SUITE
TAGE LARSEN plays HAYDN
October 8, 2019 | 7:30PM
About This Concert
Percy Grainger had a peculiarly close relationship with his mother, Rose, who relentlessly drove him to study art, drama, and music — all while driving away any would-be love interests. Despite this tense relationship (or, perhaps, because of it), Percy composed Molly on the Shore for his mother’s 46th birthday.
Paul Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler Symphony is connected to the art world in more ways than one: The third movement is based on a painting by Hieronymus Bosch, and Hindemith later turned the symphony into an opera about the painter Matthias Grunewald.
Stravinksky’s The Firebird ballet is 50 minutes long, but there are also three shorter “suites” that Stravinsky composed for the concert hall, named for the years when they were performed: 1911, 1919, and 1945. The 1919 suite is most well-known, and is scored for a smaller orchestra.
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