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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #140 on: February 07, 2012, 05:04:48 PM »
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Overture on Russian and Khirghiz Folk Themes
Piano Concerto No. 1 (soloist: Leif Ove Andsnes)

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Symphony No. 5

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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #141 on: April 22, 2012, 08:40:38 PM »
The Essence of America - A six-part series featuring myself conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

-Series 1-

Cowell: Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 3
Ruggles: Sun-treader

-Intermission-

Ives: Symphony No. 4

Encore:

Ives: Central Park in the Dark


 
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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #142 on: April 22, 2012, 08:52:36 PM »
The Essence of America - A six-part series featuring myself conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

-Series 2-

Schuman: Credendum
Piston: The Incredible Flutist Suite

-Intermission-

Harris: Symphony No. 3

Encore:

Copland: Orchestral Variations
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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #143 on: April 22, 2012, 09:09:05 PM »
The Essence of America - A six-part series featuring myself conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

-Series 3-

VarŤse: Ameriques
Barber: Knoxville - Summer of 1915 (Soloist: Sylvia McNair)

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Rochberg: Violin Concerto (Soloist: Robert McDuffie)

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Bernstein: Serenade (Soloist: Robert McDuffie)
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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #144 on: April 22, 2012, 09:24:52 PM »
I'd put on a white wig, white gloves and tails, and as I walked onto the stage amid hushed, awed whispers of "Leopold! Leopold!" from the orchestra, I'd take the baton from the conductor already there at the podium.  I'd break the baton in two, and cast it aside .... then ... arching my brow, I'd glare at the now-sweating soloist .....

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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #145 on: April 23, 2012, 04:44:59 PM »
This is fun - I'm loving some of M.I.'s concerts!  I'll play along...

Schuman: Three Places in New England New England Triptych
Saint-SaŽns: Piano concerto no. 5 (Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano)*

-intermission-

Liszt: 'Chapelle de Guillaume Tell', from Annťes de Pelerinage/Suisse (orch. Brannigan)**
Nielsen: Symphony no. 4 'Inextinguishable'

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, cond. James Brannigan

*Part of a series (to be recorded by Chandos) featuring Mr. Bavouzet in all five Saint-SaŽns concerti ;D
**I arranged this for orchestra way back in 1989 and always wondered how it would sound.  In my brief life as a composer, I never finished a mature work for full orchestra :(, so this will have to do!
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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #146 on: April 23, 2012, 04:53:26 PM »
This is fun - I'm loving some of M.I.'s concerts!  I'll play along...

Schuman: Three Places in New England
Saint-SaŽns: Piano concerto no. 5 (Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano)*

-intermission-

Liszt: 'Chapelle de Guillaume Tell', from Annťes de Pelerinage/Suisse (orch. Brannigan)**
Nielsen: Symphony no. 4 'Inextinguishable'

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, cond. James Brannigan

*Part of a series (to be recorded by Chandos) featuring Mr. Bavouzet in all five Saint-SaŽns concerti ;D
**I arranged this for orchestra way back in 1989 and always wondered how it would sound.  In my brief life as a composer, I never finished a mature work for full orchestra :(, so this will have to do!

That's awesome! I would absolutely go to that concert. Of course, I'd go to any concert with the Saint-Saens concerti. In fact, in my "Concert programs" Word doc, I have a whole series planned out - the Saint-Saens+French ballet (mostly) festival:

Debussy | Prelude a 'L'apres-midi d'un faune'
Saint-Saens | Piano Concerto No 1
Poulenc | Les biches
   
Saint-Saens | Piano Concerto No 2
Pierne | Cydalise et le Chevre-Pied

Dukas | L'apprenti sorcier
Saint-Saens | Piano Concerto No 3
Roussel | Bacchus et Ariane

Saint-Saens | Piano Concerto No 4
Ravel | Daphnis et Chloe
 
Berlioz | Le mort de Cleopatre
Schmitt | La tragedie de Salome
Saint-Saens | Piano Concerto No 5

Notice the last one preserves a 'Middle East' theme  :P

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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #147 on: April 23, 2012, 04:56:55 PM »
That's awesome! I would absolutely go to that concert. Of course, I'd go to any concert with the Saint-Saens concerti. In fact, in my "Concert programs" Word doc, I have a whole series planned out - the Saint-Saens+French ballet (mostly) festival:

Debussy | Prelude a 'L'apres-midi d'un faune'
Saint-Saens | Piano Concerto No 1
Poulenc | Les biches
   
Saint-Saens | Piano Concerto No 2
Pierne | Cydalise et le Chevre-Pied

Dukas | L'apprenti sorcier
Saint-Saens | Piano Concerto No 3
Roussel | Bacchus et Ariane

Saint-Saens | Piano Concerto No 4
Ravel | Daphnis et Chloe
 
Berlioz | Le mort de Cleopatre
Schmitt | La tragedie de Salome
Saint-Saens | Piano Concerto No 5

Notice the last one preserves a 'Middle East' theme  :P

All very nice - a lot of fun to play, to conduct, and to hear!  I assume 'Daphnis et Chloe' is the complete ballet (with the wordless chorus, of course :D), and not the suite.

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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #148 on: April 23, 2012, 06:05:04 PM »
All very nice - a lot of fun to play, to conduct, and to hear!  I assume 'Daphnis et Chloe' is the complete ballet (with the wordless chorus, of course :D), and not the suite.

'Daphnis' is the full ballet with chorus! 'Cydalise' also deploys wordless chorus, as does 'Salome' usually but I'm subbing the singer from 'Cleopatre' in that performance.

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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #149 on: April 23, 2012, 07:02:06 PM »
This is fun - I'm loving some of M.I.'s concerts!  I'll play along...

Schuman: Three Places in New England
Saint-SaŽns: Piano concerto no. 5 (Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano)*

-intermission-

Liszt: 'Chapelle de Guillaume Tell', from Annťes de Pelerinage/Suisse (orch. Brannigan)**
Nielsen: Symphony no. 4 'Inextinguishable'

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, cond. James Brannigan

*Part of a series (to be recorded by Chandos) featuring Mr. Bavouzet in all five Saint-SaŽns concerti ;D
**I arranged this for orchestra way back in 1989 and always wondered how it would sound.  In my brief life as a composer, I never finished a mature work for full orchestra :(, so this will have to do!

I would attend this concert! :D By the way, do you mean Ives' Three Pieces in New England or do you mean Schuman's New England Triptych?
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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #150 on: April 23, 2012, 07:06:37 PM »
I would attend this concert! :D By the way, do you mean Ives' Three Pieces in New England or do you mean Schuman's New England Triptych?

Ahh, my apologies - I mean the Schuman!  I suppose I'm not the first to get the titles confused...  :-[

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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #151 on: April 23, 2012, 07:12:11 PM »
Ahh, my apologies - I mean the Schuman!  I suppose I'm not the first to get the titles confused...  :-[

Well there's three works by three American masters that refers to New England:

Piston: Three New England Sketches
Schuman: New England Triptych
Ives: Three Pieces in New England

It's easy to get them confused but there's no mistaking the way each of them sounds. They're all very different from each other. I recall this Piston work being quite Impressionistic in style. The Schuman, one of his most popular works, has patriotic feel and is chockful of good tunes. The Ives has a rugged feel, but the dissonance the work uses is typical, everything but the kitchen sink Ives. :D
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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #152 on: April 23, 2012, 07:17:44 PM »
Well there's three works by three American masters that refers to New England:

Piston: Three New England Sketches
Schuman: New England Triptych
Ives: Three Pieces in New England

It's easy to get them confused but there's no mistaking the way each of them sounds. They're all very different from each other. I recall this Piston work being quite Impressionistic in style. The Schuman, one of his most popular works, has patriotic feel and is chockful of good tunes. The Ives has a rugged feel, but the dissonance the work uses is typical, everything but the kitchen sink Ives. :D
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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #153 on: April 23, 2012, 07:49:08 PM »
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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #154 on: April 23, 2012, 08:01:41 PM »
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Brahms 4
Intermission
Mahler 6

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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #155 on: April 23, 2012, 08:34:45 PM »
The Essence of America - A six-part series featuring myself conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

-Series 4-

Creston: Choreografic Suite
Thomson: Autumn (Concertina For Harp, Strings & Percussion)

-Intermission-

Schuman: Symphony No. 3

Encore:

Still: In Memoriam, "The Colored Soldiers who Died for Democracy"
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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #156 on: April 23, 2012, 08:44:09 PM »
COMPOSERS IN CONTRAST Series

Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 4 in F minor

~ Interval ~

Virgil Thomson - Louisiana Story (suite in three movements)
Hindemith - Der Schwanendreher (The Swan-turner) - concerto for viola and orchestra



The joke here is that listeners unfamilar with the works might get the attributions mixed up :)
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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #157 on: April 24, 2012, 12:04:39 AM »
I would locate Bacewicz's Fourth Symphony score and give it the reboot'd premiere it deserves.  And arrange for a radio broadcast when it was performed.

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Samuel Barber-the violin concerto-Isaac Stern, Bernstein, New York Philharmonic. 1965

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Re: If you could conduct for one night
« Reply #158 on: April 24, 2012, 08:05:08 AM »
Cleveland Orchestra

Brahms 4
Intermission
Mahler 6

 ;D

This is fun - I'm loving some of M.I.'s concerts!  I'll play along...

Schuman: Three Places in New England New England Triptych
Saint-SaŽns: Piano concerto no. 5 (Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano)*

-intermission-

Liszt: 'Chapelle de Guillaume Tell', from Annťes de Pelerinage/Suisse (orch. Brannigan)**
Nielsen: Symphony no. 4 'Inextinguishable'

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, cond. James Brannigan

*Part of a series (to be recorded by Chandos) featuring Mr. Bavouzet in all five Saint-SaŽns concerti ;D
**I arranged this for orchestra way back in 1989 and always wondered how it would sound.  In my brief life as a composer, I never finished a mature work for full orchestra :(, so this will have to do!


Wow, I would certainly go to that one!
And all of yours too, Brian!

And yours would certainly be very interesting, John! :D

I like to post on this thread very often... because, as I have probably mentioned many many times, it is my ambition to be a conductor, as well as composer...

So... here is my concert (hopefully one day) with the Orchestra of the Junior Royal Academy of Music. (An orchestra I would so love to work with as so many of my friends are in it and I love watching their rehearsals)

Ravel Rhapsodie Espagnol
Prokofiev Violin Concerto no.1 Laure Chan, violin. (she recently performed the Saint Saens VC 3 with the orchestra, which was unbelievable. I am so happy to know her, and actually share classes with her, such an amazing, beautiful performer! :) )
Bernstein Symphonic Dances

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« Reply #159 on: April 24, 2012, 08:14:44 AM »
This may well be obvious, but: If I could conduct for one night, it would be an all-Henning program.
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