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1974
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Concert: First
Complete Series: 3891
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan

The University Musical Society
of
The University of Michigan
Presents
London Symphony Orchestra
ANDRfi PREVIN, Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser
Saturday Evening, September 21, 1974, at 8:30 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
PROGRAM
Scapino Overture (1940)..........William Walton
Appalachian Spring (Suite) (1945)........Aaron Copland
Very slowly
Sudden burst of unison strings
Moderate (Duo for the Bride and Her Intended)
Quite fast (The Revivalist and His Flock)
Still faster (Solo Dance of the Bride)
Very slowly (as at first)
Calm and flowing (Scenes of Daily Activity for the Bride and her FarmerHusband)
Moderate (Coda)
INTERMISSION
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92......Ludwig van Beethoven
Poco sostenuto: vivace Allegretto Scherzo: presto Finale: allegro con brio
The London Symphony Orchestra and Mr. Previn record for EMI, Decca, Angel and RCA Records.
First Concert NinetySixth Annual Choral Union Series Complete Programs 3891
PROGRAM NOTES
Scapino Overture............William Walton
Though it was capable of considerable sophistication, the Commedia dell'Arte was in essence simple, a delightful and often heartless knockabout exposure of pre?tension and sentiment. Here were all the basic emotions, enacted by a team of masked characters, known to us at one remove as Harlequin and Columbine and so on, includ?ing the forebears and kinsfolk of our own Mr. Punch. Scapino was one of the gang, familiar in terms of Moliere's play "Les Fouberies de Scapin"; he is the epitome of the nimblewitted rogue, and an ancestor in some sort of Figaro. Hence the nature of Sir William Walton's Comedy Overture of that name, originally written for the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and dedicated to its conductor, Dr. Frederick Stock. Revised in 1950, it was given its premiere in its new version by Furtwangler.
Scored for full orchestra, including an extensive percussion section, the music lives up to the promise of its title, and is cast in the composer's most brilliant and brittle scherzo style. Crackling with nervous energy, full of syncopation and flaring colour, it does not so much start as erupt like a firework. By contrast with the jerky, jagged opening motifs comes a smoother secondary tune for cor anglais and violas, but with a tonality as ambiguous as Scapin's ideas of honesty. It is the sort of idea that can assume many guises and appear in many different contexts without losing its identity. It can even sound wryly nostalgic when played by the cello solo later on, and it can sprout extensions like any respectable symphonic theme. The course of the comedy can be left to speak for itself, for into this eight minutes or so of music, Sir William Walton packed all his command of supercharged orchestral effect and
ebullience.
Noel Goodwin
Suite: Appalachian Spring..........Aaron Copland
As early as 1931 the dancer Martha Graham heard Copland's "Piano Variations," and decided to use them for her ballet Dithyramb. Following this introduction to each other, both composer and choreographer wished to collaborate further, and the oppor?tunity to do so came when Copland was commissioned by Mrs. Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge for a new ballet. This duly appeared, under the title Appalachian Spring, on 30 October, 1944, when it was first performed in the Library of Congress, in Washington. It was originally scored for thirteen instruments, since there was only room for a small ensemble. The same conditions had applied to Stravinsky's Apollo, produced in similar circumstances fifteen years previously.
The action of the ballet, whose title is from a poem by Hart Crane, "is a pioneer celebration in spring around a newly built farmhouse in the Pennsylvania hills in the early part of the last century. The bridetobe and her young farmerhusband enact
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the emotions, joyful and apprehensive, their new domestic partnership invites. An older neighbor suggests now and then the rocky confidence of experience. A revivalist and his followers remind the new householders of the strange and terrible aspects of human fate. At the end the couple are left quiet and strong in their new house."
The suite, which is one of Copland's chief and bestknown contributions to American music, is condensed from the ballet, omitting those sections of primarily choreographic interest. The mood is simple and basic, extolling as it does the homely virtues; the movements are played without a break.
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92......Ludwig van Beethoven
With the Seventh Symphony Beethoven took the giant stride which led him towards the mighty Ninth. The work was completed in 1812. He was still fighting the battle against his deafness, vainly seeking cures, and refusing to give way to the terrible depressions which tried to engulf him. This symphony, at once heroic and tender, holds all these moods for those who wish to find them, but, even more important, the Seventh is a work of confidence in the joy and art of creation. A wholly objective, one hundred percent musical panorama.
From the opening bars Beethoven establishes his conviction that an Introduction is an important section in its own right--a massive germ which develops naturally into a movement of tremendous force and energy. Yet it is based on the simplest musical materials, notably the scale, which had been used by Beethoven with great effect only two years earlier in the "Emperor" piano concerto. When the Introduction has run its course, Beethoven characteristically ushers in the main theme of the movement with the minimum of fuss, and the maximum of antiestablishment humour. The note of E is taken up, exchanged from one instrument to another, and repeated sixtyone times before finally rushing off into the strength of the first theme.
After the meatiness of the first movement, Beethoven's sure understanding of contrast results in the famous marchlike allegretto, which has the deceptive quality of seeming slower than it really is because of its position between the opening allegro and the fast moving scherzo which follows it. Originally this wonderful movement was intended for the third Rasumovsky String Quartet, but Beethoven's inner ear did not let him down when he placed it in the Seventh Symphony. The Scherzo itself, with the twice repeated Trio only a shade slower, prepares the way for the surge of power which gives the finale its unceasing pulse, and sense of ecstatic joy.
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INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATIONS197475
Choral Union Series Hill Auditorium
Jessye Norman, Soprano.........Saturday, October 5
Warsaw National Orchestra.......Thursday, October 17
Gewandhaus Orchestra from Leipzig.....Wednesday, October 23
Soviet Georgian Dancers and
Tbilisi Polyphonic Choir.......Sunday, November 24
Detroit Symphony Orchestra.......Saturday, January 11
American Symphony Orchestra.......Sunday, February 9
Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra......Saturday, March 15
Boston Symphony Orchestra........Saturday, April 5
Spanish RTV Symphony Orchestra of Madrid .... Friday, April 11
Great Performers Series -"Pianists" Hill Auditorium
Andre Watts...........Wednesday, October 16
Vladimir Ashkenazy.........Wednesday, March 19
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Two Added Attractions Hill Auditorium
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Choice Series Power Center
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October 18, 19 & 20
Gregg Smith Singers..........Tuesday, October 22
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October 26 & 27
Slask, Folk Company from Poland......Wednesday, October 30
Jacques Loussier Trio, Jazzmen "Play Bach" . . . Saturday, November 2
Carlos Montoya, Flamenco Guitarist.....Tuesday, November 19
Guarneei String Quartet and Gary Graffman, Pianist Wednesday, January 8
Marcel Marceau, Pantomimist......Friday, Saturday, Sunday,
January 10, 11, & 12
Moscow Chamber Orchestra.......Tuesday, February 11
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Harkness Ballet of New York......Thursday, February 20
Moscow Balalaika Ensemble and Ludmila Zykina Monday, February 24
Paul Taylor Dance Company.......Wednesday, March 12
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Chamber Arts Series Rackham Auditorium
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