UMS Concert Program, May 1, 1974: The Ann Arbor May Festival -- The Philadelphia Orchestra
Complete Series: 3882
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
The University Musical Society
The University of Michigan
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA
Eugene Ormandy, Music Director and Conductor
William Smith, Assistant Conductor
EUGENE ORMANDY, Conducting
Soloist YEHUDI MENUHIN, Violinist
Wednesday Evening, May 1, 1974, at 8:30 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Symphony Xo. 4 in Bflat major. Op. 60.......Beethoven
Adagio; allegro vivace Adagio
Allegro ma non troppo
Livre pour orchestre............Lutoslawski
Ann Arbor Sesquicenlennial recognition of the Philadelphia Orchestra
Mayor James E. Stcphenson Introduced by Douglas C. Crary, Chairman of the Sesquicentcnnial Commission
Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 77.....Brahms
Allegro ma non troppo Adagio
Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo
Yehudi Menuhin Available on Columbia Records RCA Red Seal
First Concert Eightyfirst Annual May Festival Complete Concerts 3882
by Glenn D. McGeoch
Symphony N'o. 4 in Bflat major, Op. 60 .... Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven had taxed his creative powers to the utmost in creating the stupendous Third Symphony in Eflat major ("Eroica"). With no signposts to guide him, he had reached panoramic heights which even his genius could not readily regain. Invariably, throughout his career, he sought momentary relaxation after expending his forces on works of such magnitude. Thus the relatively placid and traditional Fourth, Sixth, and Eighth symphonies separated the more imposing Third, Fifth, Seventh, and Ninth, where compulsion to innovation and soaring flights of imagination again drove him to the creation of revolutionary works. From the stormy cloudcapped peaks of the "Eroica," he descended momentarily into the sundrenched valleys of the Bflat major Symphony. In the ordinary course of events, what we now know as the Fifth Symphony would have followed the Third, for he had by 1S05 almost completed its first and second movements. For reasons unknown he put it aside and turned to the less problematical material of the Fourth, which he treated with far less intensity of effort. It was composed in 1S06 at Martonvasar, a Hungarian village where Beethoven was a guest of Count Franz Brunswick and his two beautiful daughters, Therese and Josephine. Sentimental writers have identified Beethoven's "Immortal Beloved" with the elder Therese, with whom he was in love, and to whom he was, for a short period, betrothed. To the incurable romantic Romain Rolland, this "Symphony of Love" was "a pure fragrant flower which treasured up the perfume of those days." Nothing in truth is definitely known about the inception of the work beyond the inscription on the manuscript "Sinfonia 4'", 1S06, L v Bthvn." We are on safer ground to agree with Hector Berlioz that this symphony "is generally lively, nimble, joyous and of a heavenly sweetness," or with Beethoven's biographer Thayer, who declared it "placid and serene--the most perfect in form of them all," or with Sir George Grove that "a more consistent and attractive whole cannot be ... the movements fit in their place like the limbs and features of a lovely statue; and full of fire and invention as they are, all is subordinate to conciseness, grace and beauty." Referring to its position between the Third and Fifth, Robert Schumann called it "a Greek maiden between two Xorse giants."
What is beyond question is that the spring and summer of 1S06 were one of the happiest and most serene periods of relaxation in Beethoven's stormy career. It followed an experience of bitter disappointment at the miserable failure of his opera Fidelia in Vienna, November 20, 1805, amid the gloom, incident to the occupation of the city by the French troops of Napoleon. Beethoven, who, all through his life proved his resilience under the blows of adversity, rallied from this disaster and lost himself in the creation of a series of masterworks which were vehicles of defense against, or perhaps escape from, his personal frustrations. In a spirit of revived exhilaration, he produced the buoyant D major Violin Concerto, the cheerful Fourth Piano Concerto, Op. 58. the three "Rasumovsky" quartets. Op. 50, and the gay and spirited symphony on tonight's program. Perhaps some inner artistic necessity, rather than a passing love affair, compelled him to reject the powerful impulses of the Fifth Symphony so soon after the creation of the epic "Eroica," and to seek an emotional balance by finding refuge in the joyful and translucent pages that inspirit these optimistic works.
Livre pour orchestre..........Witold Lutoslawski
Early in his creative life, critics referred to Lutoslawski as the most widely popular living com?poser in Poland--to his "lack of startling originality" to "his genuinely personal melodic gift with its roots in Polish folk music," to "his convincing structure--harmonically unified," his "delicate orchestration," and his "successful combination of Polish folk idiom with sensitivity and directness of expression."
Today, he belongs to the avantgarde group in Poland which, responding to the shocking impact of Schonberg, Berg, and Webern in the decades between 1913 and 1933, continued to react violently against conventional nineteenthcentury music, inspired by the "renegades" of the middle 1950s-Boulez, Stockhausen, and Cage. He relentlessly pursues every facet of the rapidly changing idioms of our day. In an interview in 1962 in the New York Times, Lutoslawski revealed a critical change that was taking place in his style of composing. "I have just made what I regard as a new beginning, or, at least a new concretization of everything I believe about music. My new style dates from ray Jeux Venetiens which was done last year at the Warsaw Festival. This work makes considerable use of the technique of chance, or aleatoric music, and now I am working solely in that direction My early works I have now come to regard as passe."
In reference to the work on tonight's program, the composer wrote, "In my music up until the Livre pour Orchestre (196S) I realized that there was one element which was lacking--the irrational." The Book for Orchestra has, as the composer indicated on the score, four "chapters," each separated by brief interludes played "ad libitum"; the First, for three clarinets; the Second for two clarinets
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and harp, piano, glockenspiel, and two solo violoncellos. The third interlude is uninterrupted and leads directly into the final section in which the other instruments of the orchestra join. During these moments the conductor is directed to lower his baton, leaving the performers to play anything they desire; their duration is approximately twenty seconds. "They are," writes the composer, "exactly the same as the pauses between movements--the moment for the audience to relax, change position, cough, etc." The conductor then interrupts these "irrational" sections, by lifting his baton to continue with the next chaper. Shorter "ad libitum" sections occur within Chapters one and three. For a few moments near the end, metrical rhythms are introduced, but soon become lost in the "ad libitum" effect of the total finale, overcome by the free "irrationality" that characterized the inter?ludes. Only in the final measures are the tensions that have been built up in the work, relieved. The work ends on a level of quiescence.
Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 77 . . Johannes Brahms
Brahms lived in a spiritually povertystricken and soulsick period, when anarchy seemed to have destroyed culture. Love of luxury and crass materialism brought in its wake dissolution, weari?ness, and indifference to beauty. It was an age which was distinctly unfavorable to genuinely great art, unfavorable because of its hidebound worship of the conventional. Its showy exterior did not hide the inner barrenness of its culture. Brahms, and his contemporary Wagner, so opposed in aesthetic theory, stood abreast of their times, disheartened with the state of the world, but not defeated by it.
Even as Beethoven before him, Brahms was essentially of a hearty and vigorous mind. Standing abreast of such vital spirits as Carlyle and Browning, he met the challenge of his age and triumphed in his art. By the exercise of a clear intelligence and a strong critical faculty he was able to temper the tendency toward emotional excess and to avoid the pitfalls of utter despair into which Tchai?kovsky was invariably led. Although Brahms experienced disillusionment no less than Wagner and Tchaikovsky, his was another kind of tragedy--the tragedy of a man born out of his time. He suf?fered from the changes in taste and perception that inevitably come with the passing of time. His particular disillusionment, however, did not affect the power and sureness of his artistic impulse. With grief he saw the ideals of Beethoven dissolve in a welter of cheap emotionalism. He saw the classic dignity of that art degraded by an infiltration of tawdry programmatic effects and innocuous imitation and witnessed finally its subjugation to poetry and the dramatic play. All of this he opposed with his own grand style--profoundly moving, noble, and dignified. "With a sweep and thrust he forced music out upon her mighty pinions to soar once more."
Great interest was aroused in the musical circles of Germany and Austria when it became known in 1878 that Brahms was at work on a violin concerto intended for the friend of his youth, Josef Joachim. The summer of 1878 the composer spent in Pbrtschach where the first draft was finished. Writing to his friend Hanslick, the Viennese critic, from Lake Worther in Carinthia, Brahms reports that "so many melodies fly about, one must be careful not to tread on them." The peace and tran?quillity reflected in the first movement of the concerto is somewhat similar to that of the Second Symphony, also in D major. To many, the sentiment is maintained at a loftier height in the con?certo, while the limpid grace of the meiodic line has an immediate fascination for the general audience.
After studying the violin part, Joachim replied from Salzburg, "I have had a good look at what you sent me and have made a few notes and alterations, but without the full score one can't say much. I can, however, make out most of it and there is a lot of really good violin music in it, but whether it can be played with comfort in hot concert rooms remains to be seen." After considerable correspondence and several conferences the score was ready and the first performance scheduled for January 1, 1879, in Leipzig.
It remains to be noted that the concerto was not published immediately. Joachim kept it and played it several times in England with much success. The performer on these occasions made alter?ations to the score which did not always meet with Brahms' approval, evidenced by excerpts from this letter of Brahms to Joachim: "You will think twice before you ask me for another concerto! It is a good thing that your name is on the copy; you are more or less responsible for the solo violin parts."
Brahms did not write out the cadenza at the end of the first movement. Originally. Joachim wrote one himself but since that time it has been provided with cadenzas by nearly all the violin masters.
ANN ARBOR SESQUICENTENNIAL
The year 1974 marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of Ann Arbor. In recognition of the occasion the Sesquicentennial Commission has developed a yearlong celebration designed to ac?complish two major objectives. The first is to tell the story of Ann Arbor and what has made it what it is today; the second is to involve as many people and organizations as possible in the ob?servance of this celebration. The ceremony here tonight is a part of the University Musical Society's participation in the Sesquicentennial celebration.
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London Symphony Orchestra ....
Jessye Norman, Soprano......
Warsaw National Orchestra .... Gewandhaus Orchestra from Leipzig Soviet Georgian Dancers and
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Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra Boston Symphony Orchestra .... Spanish RTY Symphony Orchestra of Madrid
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Gregg Smith Singers.....
National Ballet of Washington, D.C.
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Andre Watts...........Wednesday, October 16
F.mil Gilels...........Monday, November 25
Vladimir Ashkenazy.........Wednesday, March 19
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Slask, Folk Company from Poland.....Wednesday. October 30
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Carlos Montoya, Flamenco Guitarist.....Tuesday, November 19
Guarneri String Quartet and Gary Graffman, Pianist . Wednesday, January 8
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Moscow Chamber Orchestra......
Goldovsky Opera Theater ......
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concentus musicus, from vienna esterhazy string quartet Cleveland String Quartet Juilliard String Quartet . Syntagma Musicum, from Amsterdam Tokyo String Quartet .... JeanPierre Rampal, Flutist, and
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Thursday, October 24
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National Shadow Theater of Malaysia.....Sunday, October 6
Heembaba and Dance Ensemble, Sri Lanka . . . Sunday, October 13
Chhau, Masked Dance of Bengal.....Saturday, February 22
Qawwali Music from Pakistan.......Sunday, March 16
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