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ADVENTURES IN GREAT SYMPHONIC MUSIC with BRUCE PULK Summer Series
Join us for a one-hour talk on great symphonic music from Bach to modern times designed for everyone from the musical novice (no experience necessary!) to the skilled professional. Each discussion is theme oriented with clever titles that wipe away the mysteries of symphonic music.
In June, we celebrate our Independence Day festivities with a look at three of our most famous patriotic tunes. Our National Anthem (Star Spangled Banner), Battle Hymn of the Republic, and America. Only problem is- non of these are American. All were borrowed melodies and adapted with new words! But we will include one totally American work, John Philip Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever. Have your flag nearby and dress in red, white, and blue!
July will have a double chat (2 different days) on the Bohemia n(Czech) composer Antonin Dvorak who actually lived and taught in New York for three years. While here he composed his famous "From the New World" symphony. Second movement includes what was incorrectly thought to be an American slave spiritual "Goin' Home". We'll also hear how he celebrated the Bohemian martyr Jan Hus who, like Martin Luther, stood up against certain policies of the Catholic Church. And a few Slavonic Dances thrown in for those who would like to dance to the music.
In August, we will again have two chats. Rimsky Korsakov (also famous as the composer of "Flight of the Bumblebee", Capriccio Espagnole, Russian Easter Overture). Shcherazde by Nicolai Rimsky Korsakov is based on the collection we know as 1001 Arabian Nights. Shcherazade (daughter of the vizier to King Shahryar) asks her father to be allowed to marry the king. Shahryar has been killing his new bride after the wedding night until few candidates for marriage are available and she has a plan to stop this horrible massacre. She begins a story every night but, reaching the climax of the story, Shcherazade claims she’s too tired to continue and will finish the story on the next evening.
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