DEBUSSY’S LA MER
RICARDO CASTAÑEDA plays HIGDON
March 24, 2020 | 7:30PM
About This Concert
2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birthday and we’re celebrating by highlighting a piece of his you might not have heard before: The Overture to The Ruins of Athens.
Pulitzer- and Grammy-winner Jennifer Higdon regards her Oboe Concerto as one of her favorite compositions! She wrote: "I have always thought of the oboe as being a most majestic instrument, and it was a pleasure to be able to create a work that would highlight its beauty and grace."
Music critics in early 20th-century Paris ended up having a pretty poor track record when it came to measuring the value of contemporary music (think the maligned premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, for example). Claude Debussy’s La mer was premiered in 1905 and panned by the press as “lacking in grandeur” and “often unpleasant.” Now, La mer is regarded as “one of the supreme achievements in symphonic literature.”
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