UMD Wind Orchestra: Turning Points
Sunday, December 8,
Dekelboum Concert Hall
The UMWO ends their fall concert season a performance of three works that represent critical points in composition and time, brought together in a program entitled Turning Points.
Schoenberg reacted to the extravagance of late-Romantic music with his Chamber Symphony. Dense and concise, the work points to the future of 20th-century music. Berlioz departs from his dramatic and theatrical composition style and embraces Classical traditions in his Grande Symphonie Funebre et Triomphale. Millennium Canons, composed in 2001 by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts, celebrates the turn of the century.
Learn more about the pieces and composers featured on this program in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library:
Arnold Schoenberg - Kammersymphonie, Op. 9
- Books: Don't miss The New Grove Second Viennese School: Schoenberg, Webern, Berg by Oliver Neighbour, Paul Griffiths, George Pearle (Location: Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Stacks, Call Number: ML390 .N44 1983.) Despite consisting of only three members, the Second Viennese School was responsible for producing some of the most influential music of the 20th century. Arnold Schoenberg and his students Anton Webern and Alban Berg had a lasting effect all musicians and composers to follow through their development of atonal expressionism and serial twelve-tone techniques. Learn more about Schoenberg’s life as he taught throughout Europe and eventually accepted a post at UCLA, Webern’s tragic death during World War II and the effect that Berg’s experiences in the Austrian army had on the composition of his opera Wozzeck. This slim volume provides biographical sketches of the three composers and light analysis of several works by each, giving context to their development as composers and teachers of the next generation of avant-garde music.
Hector Berlioz - Grande Symphonie Funebre et Triomphale, Op. 15
- Recordings: Fans of Berlioz should check out the London Symphony's recording of Requiem - Grand messe des morts, Op. 5; Symphonie funèbre et triomphale, Op. 15, conducted by Sir Colin Davis (Location: Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Paged Collections Room, Call Number: MCD 4294.) The London Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Sir Colin Davis, brings two poignant and dramatic Berlioz compositions to life. Berlioz’s Requiem, the Grand messe des morts, Op. 5 and his Symphonie funèbre et triomphale, Op. 15 were both inspired by the ghosts of the July Revolution of 1830 that continued to haunt France years after the fighting ended. This recording is accompanied by thorough and engaging liner notes by noted Berlioz biographer David Cairns that will guide the listener through these monumental works.
- Books: A highlight of this list is David Cairns's The Memoirs of Hector Berlioz (Location: Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Stacks, Call Number: ML410.B5 A3 2002.) This biography of Hector Berlioz, relayed through the composer’s own words, provides insight into the mind of one of the important figures of music’s Romantic era. From the liaison with actress Harriet Smithson that would inspire his Symphonie fantastique to his personal associations with Schumann, Mendelssohn, Wagner and Liszt, Berlioz’s colorful life inspired him to compose music that was both intimate and profound. This translation, edited by renowned Berlioz biographer David Cairns, takes into account research done in recent decades to give a full and multi-faceted picture of the composer’s life and works.
Streaming Audio: Listen to a playlist featuring pieces on this program, streaming through the Naxos Music Library database (accessible with your UMD username and password.)