Program Notes & Works
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Bernard Rands wrote his Symphonic Fantasy in One Movement as a response to Jean Sibelius’ one-movement Symphony No. 7. The BSO and BBC Radio 3 (for the BBC Symphony Orchestra) co-commissioned the work in celebration of his 85th birthday year.
Part symphony and part tone poem, Debussy’s innovative La Mer is one of the most influential pieces of the 20th century and has been as an audience favorite for more than a hundred years. La Mer was premiered in 1905 and the BSO gave the American premiere in March 1907.
Ludwig van Beethoven wrote his lyrical Violin Concerto in 1806 for the outstanding violinist Franz Clement, one of several major pieces he completed in quick succession during that period. It did not become a repertoire staple until an 1844 performance led by Felix Mendelssohn in London.
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