Archive for March 4th, 2010

Pied Piper Fantasy

John Corigliano
B. Feb. 16, 1938 in New York, New York

The following is John Corigliano’s description of the work:

“When James Galway approached me in 1978 with the idea of writing a flute concerto for him, my initial reaction was, “Oh no, not another wind concerto!” I had already written two (oboe, clarinet) and had planned that my next work would explore quite different territory. I was in a quandary. While I postponed committing myself on the idea of a flute concerto, I decided to put what I knew of the proposed event together to see if anything interesting and special would result. READ MORE



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Symphony No. 1

Samuel Barber
B. Mar. 9, 1910 in West Chester, Pennsylvania
D. Jan. 23, 1981 in New York, New York

When he wrote his First Symphony, Samuel Barber was no longer a student but not quite yet an established composer.  Having been once turned down for the Prix de Rome, Barber in 1935 resubmitted the same works he had offered the first time and was accepted.  The prize consisted of $2,500 and free living quarters at the American Academy in Rome.  Having begun work on his First Symphony while waiting to hear the results of his second try for the Rome prize, he took the piece along with him, finishing it in 1936. READ MORE



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Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Leonard Bernstein
B. Aug. 25, 1918 in Lawrence, Massachusetts
D. Nov. 14, 1990 in New York, New York

Bernstein composed West Side Story between 1955 and 1957; it was given its first public performance Aug. 19, 1957 in Washington, D.C. at the National Theatre.  Luka Foss led the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in the first performance of the Symphonic Dances on Feb. 13, 1961. READ MORE



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