2017 | 2018 Classical 2

| Ravel and Debussy |

| Classical Two |

Friday, November 3, 2017
7:30 p.m., VBC Concert Hall

Friends or foes?

Who copied whom?

Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy, two of the most important and influential French composers of the early 20th century, have very interesting backgrounds…. that often intertwine.

The two shared similar backgrounds and influences as both resided in Paris during roughly the same time. The Paris art world of their day was addicted to scandal and controversy, and none was more enticing that rivalry between the young Ravel and the older, more established Debussy.

Ravel and Debussy were mostly on cordial terms, and shared mutual friends; however, they were often quite critical of each other’s works, for better or worse.

In 1895, Ravel composed a Habanera for two pianos. This Cuban-inspired dance made an impression on Debussy, who was present at an early performance. Debussy’s Evening in Granada, composed in 1903, borrows heavily and unmistakably from it. Ravel made his Habanera the centerpiece of Rapsodie espagnole for orchestra.

A few years later, Ravel commented on Debussy’s most recent composition: “If I had the time, I would reorchestrate La mer.”

Despite often being categorized as ‘Impressionists’, both composters wrote music with very distinctive characteristics.

Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased here → https://www.hso.org/concerts/ravel-and-debussy/

Written by Lauren Jones, HSO Marketing & Development Associate, with information provided by Curtis Lindsay, HSO General Manager

 


Meet the Author:

LAUREN JONES

Lauren Jones is the the Marketing & Development Associate for the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. Lauren is responsible for managing our social media accounts across all platforms, tracking marketing functions for all marketing campaigns, and coordinating and confirming special event details. Lauren’s background is in broadcasting and communications.

17 | 18 Classical One

Carmina Burana

| Carmina Burana |

| Classical One |

We open this season’s magnificent Davidson Classical Series with a matched pair of masterworks. Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, in its virtuoso orchestration by Maurice Ravel, opens the program, followed by Carmina Burana, Carl Orff’s gripping rendition of medieval poetry.

“In my opinion, Carl Orff’s most important contribution to music is not Carmina Burana, but his philosophy of music education known as Orff-Schulwerk. It has become ubiquitous and international.” – Nicolas Pappone, HSO Principal Violin II

If you’ve ever sung and danced in first grade music class, that’s Orff.
If you ever banged on a little plastic xylophone or drum, that’s Orff.

His affection for teaching music to children is crucial to understanding his music.

“In Orff-Schulwerk classrooms, children begin with what they do instinctively: play! Imitation, experimentation, and personal expression occur naturally as students become confident, life-long musicians and creative problem solvers. The Orff approach to teaching is a model for optimal learning in 21st Century classrooms. –The American-Orff Schulwerk Association

You must have a childlike awe of the fantastical to appreciate Carmina Burana.  This is why this music speaks to you viscerally — it is designed to feel good in your body.

If you were an enthusiastic first grader and you banged that toy drum a little too hard, Orff would have smiled at you, not scolded.

Tickets to Carmina Burana can be purchased here:
https://www.hso.org/concerts/carmina-burana/

Visit our blog to read more about the opening piece for the first concert:
https://www.hso.org/pictures_cl1/


Meet the Author:

LAUREN JONES

Lauren Jones is the the Marketing & Development Associate for the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. Lauren is responsible for managing our social media accounts across all platforms, tracking marketing functions for all marketing campaigns, and coordinating and confirming special event details. Lauren’s background is in broadcasting and communications.