TCHAIKOVSKY SYMPHONY No. 4
JOHN MACFARLANE plays JOSEPH BOLOGNE
June 16, 2020 | 7:30PM
About This Concert
Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dances are his most popular (and, in his lifetime, most profitable) compositions.
Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges, known as the “Black Mozart,” was a champion fencer, colonel in the army of the French Republic, violinist, conductor and composer. Raised and educated in Paris in the 18th Century, he was the first composer of African descent in the history of Western Art (“Classical”) Music.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is one of the most prominent gay composers in history, although he lived closeted and depressed in Imperial Russia of the 1800s. His Fourth Symphony grapples with the sad fate of Tchaikovsky’s life, and ends with a reminder that “simple but strong joys do exist. Rejoice in others’ rejoicing!”
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