Complete Series: 4013
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
The University Musical Society
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The University of Michigan
Orchestre de Paris
Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire
DANIEL BARENBOIM Musical Director and Conductor
Wednesday Evening, October 27, at 8:30 p.m. Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Love Scene from "Romeo and Juliet," Dramatic Symphony, Op. 17 . . Berlioz Serene Night The Capulets' Garden Silent and Deserted
Daphnis et Chloe--Symphonic Fragments, Second Suite (1911) . . . Ravel Lever du jour Pantomime Danse generate
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68.........Brahms
Un poco sostenuto; allegro Andante sostenuto
Un poco allegretto c grazioso
Adagio; allegro non troppo ma con brio
Tonight is Mr. Barenboim's second visit to Ann Arbor; he appeared in piano recital in the 1964 Summer Concert Series.
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Third Concert Ninetyeighth Annual Choral Union Series Complete Programs 4013
Love Scene from "Romeo and Juliet,"......Hector Berlioz
Dramatic Symphony, Op. 17 (18031869)
Romio el Juliette, Symphonie dramaliquc avec Choeurs, Solos de Chant et Prologue en recitatif choral, composie d'apres la Tragidie de Shakespeare," was written in 1839. Its first per?formance was November 24, 183?, in Paris, the composer conducting.
"There should be no doubt about the character of this work," wrote the composer in a preface to the score. "Although voices are frequently employed, this is not a concertopera, a cantata, but a symphony with chorus. If song occurs in the beginning, it is for the purpose of preparing the mind of the hearer for the dramatic scenes in which sentiments and passions are to be expressed by the orchestra."
The movement opens with an Allegretto (pianissimo) for the strings, to which horns and flutes are added. An Adagio begins with muted strings; expressive single voices of the violas, horn, and cello stand out in music of increasing ardor and richness. A recitative passage from the solo cello suggests the voice of Romeo, although the movement is developed in purely musical fashion. It dies away at last and ends upon a pizzicato chord.
Daphnis et Chloe--Symphonic.........Maurice Ravel
Fragments, Second Suite (18751937)
The impresario of the Ballet Russe, Serge Diaghilev, recognized Ravel's pronounced gifts early. When Fokine presented him with a scenario for a ballet about Daphnis and Chloe, Diaghilev went to Ravel for the music.
The source for the ballet scenario was a Greek pastoral, believed to have been written by Longus. But the original version was subjected to considerable change. In the ballet, the shepherd Daphnis dreams that Pan saves Chloe out of the memory of his love for the nymph Syrinx. Imitating Pan and Syrinx, Daphnis fashions a pipe out of reeds, and begins playing for Chloe who dances until she falls into his arms. A general dance and a joyous tumult follow.
The following synopsis appears in the score:
"No sound but the murmur of rivulets fed by the dew that trickles from the rocks. Daphnis lies stretched before the grotto of the nymphs. Little by little the day dawns. The songs of birds are heard. Afar off a shepherd leads his flock. Another shepherd crosses the back of the stage. Herdmen enter, seeking Daphnis and Chloe. They find Daphnis and awaken him. In anguish he looks about for Chloe. She at last appears encircled by shepherdesses. The two rush into each other's arms. Daphnis observes Chloe's crown. His dream was a prophetic vision; the intervention of Pan is manifest. The old shepherd Lammon explains that Pan saved Chloe in remembrance of the nymph Syrinx, whom the god loved.
"Daphnis and Chloe mime the story of Pan and Syrinx. Chloe impersonates the young nymph wandering over the meadow. Daphnis appears as Pan and declares his love for her. The nymph repulses him; the god becomes more insistent. She disappears among the reeds. In desperation he plucks some stalks, fashions a flute, and on it plays a melancholy tune. Chloe comes out and imitates the accents of the flute with her dance. The dance grows more and more animated. In mad whirlings, Chloe falls into the arms of Daphnis. Before the altar of the nymphs he swears on two sheep his fidelity. Young girls enter: they are dressed as bacchantes, and shake tambourines. Daphnis and Chloe embrace tenderly. A group of young men appear on the stage. Joyous tumult. A general dance. Daphnis and Chloe."
In "Daybreak," flickering woodwind in upper register suggest the murmur of rivulets. An arching melody rises from lower strings, swells and ebbs away. Finally, an opulent song unfolds, as flute and piccolo provide delightful arabesques. Strings expand this melody, as the colors become richer and deeper through the addition of harp glissandos, a violin solo, celesta, and wood?winds in the upper register. The music becomes rapturous. Once again the arching melody rises from lower strings towards a point of climax in which the brass join. The entrance of the brass is like the first burst of the sun in the morning. It is dawn.
The whole "Pantomime" section has a pastoral character, this mood being created at once by an oboe and flute who engage in a soft dialogue. Muted strings join in. Harp arpeggios and divided strings set the stage for an extended flute solo over a rhythm in plucked strings. This is the song of Pan. Then the mood is briefly dramatized. But the pastoral scene returns with a solo flute involved in a fast dance, and the violin engaging a solo.
In "General Dance," a colorful ripple in the woodwind precedes the outbursts of a bacchanale. From this point on, changing meters, chromatic scales create a voluptuous mood. Into this dance, Ravel brings his remarkable virtuosity at instrumentation. Descending chromatic scales and kinesthetic rhythms remind us of Borodin's Polovtzian Dances. The excitement mounts and a stirring climax is reached. --David Ewen
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68......Johannes Brahms
The unifying principle of the First Symphony is based on a chromatic motive presented at once in the short introduction of the first movement, and which returns several times in the rest of the work. The main theme of the Allegro consists of at least two important elements, the first of which is derived from the chromatic motive of the introduction, followed immediately by a wide melodic phrase by the violins combined with the same motive. There are many dramatic and tempestuous passages in this movement, alternating with brief moments of peacefulness.
The second movement, Andante sostenuto, begins with a tender melody first sung by the violins and continued by the oboe. The clarinet ushers in a new melody. After the central section, built with new elements, the themes of the first part return with some changes that enhance their beauty still more.
A graceful Allegretto takes the place of the Scherzo which is intended to bring relief to the emotional tension produced by the Andante. The clarinet begins in Aflat, 24. The second part of the tune is the inversion of the first. A subsidiary motive descends in parallel chords and dotted rhythm. The trio is a lively conversation between winds and strings in 68. It is followed by the reprise of the Allegretto.
The Finale is of great proportions and begins with a slow introduction in which the somber mood of the first movement returns, but soon the tempo becomes more animated and the sonority increases until it reaches a fortissimo preparing for the entrance of a passionate theme by the horn. Then comes a chorale phrase which is to become later the climax of this movement and, in fact, of the whole Symphony. The Allegro proper begins with a joyous, exuberant melody that recalls the Hymn to Joy in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, although the resemblance is slight. All of this part, however, is like a Hymn to Joy, triumphantly culminating in the coda with the chorale heard in the introduction.
"I take great pleasure in expressing all possible good wishes for the success of the concerts which DANIEL BARENBOIM and the ORCHESTRE DE PARIS will give in the United States on the occasion of the Bicentennial.
"There is nothing more symbolic or more universal than music as a way of cele?brating friendship between peoples, and it is this message which the French people and their President are conveying, through one of their most prestigious cultural institutions and its remarkable Musical Director, to the American people."
Valery Giscard d'Estaing Le President de la Republique
Julian Bream, Guitarist.......(aft.) Sunday, October 31
For lute: Le Roy: Branles de Bourgonne; Milan: Five Pieces from "El Maestro"; Dowland: Five Pieces. For guitar: Bach: Two Preludes; Henze: Royal Winter Musick; Barrios: La Catedral.
Justino Diaz, Basso.........Monday, November 1
Handel: Dalla guerra amorosa; Brahms: Six Songs; Verdi: "II lacerato spirito" from Simon Boccanegra; Faure: Nell, Chanson d'amour, Mandoline; Montsalvatge: Three Songs; Ponchielli: "Al tuo trono" from Prontesi Sposi; Gounod: "Mephisto's Serenade from Faust.
Guarneri String Quartet.....(sold out) Friday, November 5
Guarneri String Quartet.......Saturday, November 6
AllBeethoven: Op. 18, No. S in A major; Op. 59, No. 1 in F major; Op. 130, with Grosse Fuge.
Chinese Acrobats..........Saturday, November 6
Ruth Laredo, Pianist........(aft.) Sunday, November 7
Beethoven: Sonata in Eflat, Op. 81a; Scriabin; Poeme, Op. 32, Sonata No. 9; Rachmaninoff: Three Etudes Tableaux; Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales, La Valse.
Victor Herbert's Naughty Marietta......Friday & Saturday,
November 12 & 13
London Philharmonic OrchestraHaitink . . . Sunday, November 14
Arnold: The Philharmonic Concerto; Elgar: Introduction and Allegro for Strings; Mahler: Symphony No. S.
Elly Ameling, Soprano........Tuesday, November 16
Mozart: Six Songs; Schubert: Five Songs; Martin: Drey Minnelieder; Faure: Mandoline, Au bord de l'eau, Arpege, Les Roses d'Ispahan, La Rose; Satie: Ludions, La Diva de l'Empire.
Aeolian Chamber Players.......Saturday, November 20
Haydn: Trio in G, No. 31; Bolcom: "Whisper Moon"; Bartok: "Contrasts"; Brahms: Trio in C minor, Op. 101.
Handel's "Messiah".....Friday & Saturday, December 3 & 4,
(aft.) Sunday, December 5
University Choral Union, Intcrlochen Orchestra, Kathryn Bouleyn, soprano, Lili Chookasian, contralto, Vinson Cole, tenor, Simon Estes, bass, Donald Bryant, conductor.
Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet . . (sold out) Thursday, Friday, Saturday The Pittsburgh Ballet December 16, 17, 18
Verdi's La Traviata--Canadian Opera Company .... Sunday, January 9
JeanPierre Rampal, Flutist......(sold out) Friday, January 14
Prague Chamber Orchestra........Saturday, January 15
Michael Ponti, Pianist.........Tuesday, January 25
Royal Winnipeg Ballet.........Saturday & Sunday
January 29 & 30
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