American Premieres: The 1980s

BSO audiences of the 1980s enjoyed Oliver Messiaen's Three Tableaux from Saint Francis of Assisi, as well as Toru Takemitsu's To the Edge of Dream, both conducted by Seiji Ozawa.

Composer Title of Work First Performance
Takemitsu, Toru To the Edge of Dream November 21, 1984
Seiji Ozawa, conductor
Messiaen, Oliver Three Tableaux from Saint Francis of Assisi April 10, 1986
Seiji Ozawa, conductor
Schafer, R. Murray Ko Wo Kiku (Listen to the Incense) December 4, 1986
Seiji Ozawa, conductor
Colgrass, Michael Chaconne, for viola and orchestra April 2, 1987
Andrew Davis, conductor
Schnittke, Alfred Symphony No. 1 March 24, 1988
Gennady Rozhdestvensky, conductor
Saxton, Robert In the Beginning January 12, 1989 
Jeffrey Tate, conductor