Music by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky.
Tchaikovsky – Suite: Swan Lake Listen
Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No 3 Listen
Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition Listen
When Tchaikovsky was commissioned to write his first ballet in 1875, he reformed ballet music forever; Swan Lake
was the first ballet with development and continuity in the music as well as on stage and is now recognised as the greatest and most recognised ballet score ever.
Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto is one of the most technically demanding piano pieces ever written, so much so that the pianist for whom it was written, Josef Hofmann, denied that the work was written for him! The concerto features in the 1996 film, Shine
, where the main character suffers a breakdown whilst practising the piece for a competition.
Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition
was written as a tribute to his friend, Victor Hartmann. The composer was visiting an exhibition of his friend’s work when he decided to write a suite of piano pieces depicting a visit to an art gallery, viewing ten of Hartmann’s paintings. Most of these paintings are now lost, but it is thought that they included ‘Sketch of theatre costumes for ballet’, ‘Paris Catacombs’ and ‘The hut of Baba- Yaga on hen’s legs’. The ten pieces are linked by ‘Promenade’ movements and the whole suite was orchestrated by Ravel in 1922.
'Art is not an end in itself, but a means of addressing humanity.' MussorgskyPre-concert talk 6.45pm
Dan Holden discusses the evening’s works.Holden discusses the evening’s works.
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