This week we tackle two of my favorite pieces for orchestra ever written. Both are by Richard Strauss. They are his tone poem Death and Transfiguration (Tod und Verklärung), and his Four Last Songs. I wrote the program notes for the performances, but they had to be cut a bit due to space issues. Here are the complete and uncut notes: Continue reading
Here’s a link to my notes for this weekend’s concerts of the Oregon Symphony – Schubert’s Incidental Music to Rosamunde and Mahler’s Sixth Symphony. Though they are credited to Elizabeth Schwartz (the orchestra’s excellent full-time annotator), I wrote them. Enjoy, and let me know what you think of them – I’m always trying to improve!
Just a bit of shameless self-promotion: the program notes that I wrote for this weekend’s Oregon Symphony concerts are now available online. Take a read and see if this concert might be one that you should take in. I think it’s going to be fabulous, and you’ll wish you’d gone, but that’s just my humble opinion.
I just turned in my first set of program notes for the Oregon Symphony! I was asked to write notes that were a bit off the beaten path of program notes (which are normally all written for the Oregon Symphony by the excellent Elizabeth Schwartz), and it was fun and interesting to do. The notes are for the October 30-31 program featuring Karen Gomyo in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, Copland’s brief and nostalgic Letter from Home, and Nielsen’s monumental Fourth Symphony “Inextinguishable”. I’ll be adding some links for the online versions of the notes, so even if you’re not able to be at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall for the show, you can still enjoy the fruits of my labors.
Just a quick update to say that I’m not writing *all* of the program notes for this year, just three separate concerts scattered across this season.