Tradition

February 13, 2021 - 7:30pm

CONCERT DURATION: 60 Minutes PRECONCERT CHAT: 6:45pm

Mendelssohn Portrait

✴ Folk music - Smetana’s rollicking music from his opera Bartered Bride uses traditional Bohemian dances.

✴ Overcoming adversity - Smetana, who is regarded as the father of Czech national music, wrote masterpieces such as The Moldau after he became completely deaf.

✴ Musical archaeologist - As a conductor, Mendelssohn “rediscovered” works such as Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Schubert’s Ninth Symphony.

  • Smetana Bartered Bride Overture
  • Smetana Bartered Bride Three Dances
  • Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56 “Scottish”
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"We went, in the deep twilight, to the Palace of Holyrood, where Queen Mary lived and loved... Grass and ivy thrive there and at the broken altar where Mary was crowned Queen of Scotland. Everything is ruined, decayed, and the clear heavens pour in. I think I have found there the beginning of my ‘Scottish’ Symphony." -- Mendelssohn, on his visit to Scotland

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