In Focus (Adella Premium) E. 10, Style & Craft
Dates: May 6, 2021 Premieres at 7 p.m. (ET)
Who: The Cleveland Orchestra Vinay Parameswaran, conductor
Venue: Adella Online (adella.live)
Event Dates and Tickets
Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:00PM
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About the Music
Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
This broadcast features two talented young musicians — one French, one English, and both with great gift for melody and form, style, and craft.
Frenchman Maurice Ravel wrote a short sonata movement to enter into a magazine contest in 1903. The piece was disqualified on a technicality, but soon enough expanded into a three-movement work, Sonatine, that gained admirers everywhere — onstage and off.
Three decades later, an acquaintance asked the young Benjamin Britten if he could complete a brand-new commission on very short deadline. The resulting homage to Britten’s teacher Frank Bridge was given its premiere at the world-famous Salzburg Festival just three months later, adding to Britten’s newly surging reputation. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge aptly mirrors Bridge’s wide-ranging musical taste and dynamic personality, from Viennese waltz to a march, from funeral march to beguiling opera aria.
In addition to the concert performances, each episode of In Focus includes behind-the-scenes interviews and features about the music and musicmaking.
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Each episode of In Focus is available for viewing for three months from its premiere.