Imagine you are the orchestral director and can choose any pieces for a concert.
This fun exercise was turned into an assignment for my conducting class (which I mentioned in my last post in April with sketches). As promised then, here is a sampling of a few of my favorite concerts I included! Enjoy!
Musically Ever After: A Children's Concert
Children of all ages will enjoy a concert full of fairy tales and adventure stories, all which they can enjoy experiencing through the music with a narrator helping them out.(I loved including Hisaishi, the composer of the Ni No Kuni games I'm loving so much!)
GRIEG Peer Gynt Guite No. 1 (1888)
RAVEL Ma Mére l'Oye (suite) (1911)
PROKOFIEV: Peter and the Wolf, op. 67
HISAISHI: TONARI NO TOTORO, Orchestra Stories (2002)
The Natural World
Take a tour through the land and sea, through the seasons and in different parts of the world. All of this music carries a zen-like feel to which one can enjoy in the same vein of taking a walk.
VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS: The Lark Ascending (1914, 1920)
FINZI: Prelude for String Orchestra in F (1925)
VIVALDI: "Autumn" and "Winter" from The Four Seasons (1721)
RAVEL: Une Barque sur L'Ocean
GROFÉ: Grand Canyon Suite (1931)
Music of Many Colors
The great orchestrators were full of bubbling colors in their music, and all three of these pieces have a distinct flavor to them, coming from France, Spain, and Brazil, that allow a taste from these three countries.
RAVEL: Shéhérazade ouverture de féerie
DE FALLA: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS: Symphony No. 2 ("Ascensão")
Ancient Greek Mythology
Stravinsky takes us back to 17th century France, showing his interest in Apollo, the god of music. Diamond's hauntingly stark Elegy celebrates the wonderful Maurice Ravel, whose music has been celebrated all season. Thus, the season comes to a close with Ravel's greatest masterpiece, full of gorgeous colors that help shape Ravel's retelling of a classic romance.
STRAVINSKY: Apollo (1927-28)
DIAMOND: Elegy in Memory of Maurice Ravel (1937)
RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloe (1912)
This last concert is very personal to me, and I'm so happy I found that elegy as a personal note: a celebration of the piece to which I first discovered my favorite composer, and also my favorite piece of music of all-time.
I hope you enjoyed a sampling of my concerts for this assignment! What programs would you choose?
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