From the Southwest Florida Symphony
Until circumstances allow us to meet again, please enjoy these wonderful links and sites full of amazing orchestral music and activities!
Itchin’ to get international again? Travel through the genius, creativity, and inspiration of these composers as we visit Rome, Paris, London, Spain, Brazil, Finland and Central Asia!
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Berlioz- Roman Carnival Overture
Written following two inspiring years in Italy after winningFrance’s most prestigious musical award,the Prix de Rome
Haydn- Symphony No. 104 ‘ London’
Haydn’s final symphony, written in London in 1795
Borodin- In the Steppes of Central Asia
Composed in 1880, this version highlights gorgeous vistas of the area as the music accompanies your views!
deFalla- Nights in the Gardens of Spain
‘Symphonic impressions’ depicting three Spanish gardenscomposed in 1915 for piano and orchestra.
Respighi- Pines of Rome
Four-movement tone poem depicting pine trees in different parts of Rome at varying times of day, completed in 1924. Enjoy scenic views of Rome with this one!
Milhaud- Saudades do Brasil
A suite of 12 dances based on a tango or samba rhythm and named after a place or neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro. Originally written in 1920 for piano, listen for the unique and daring harmonies as he deliberately composed each hand to be played in a different key simultaneously, called polytonality!
Gershwin- An American In Paris
Completed in March 1928 after the Gershwin’s second trip to Europe. When he was inspired by the sounds of taxi horns along the Paris boulevards, Gershwin returned home to incorporate them into his ‘rhapsodic ballet.’
Written in 1899 in protest of the increasing censorship of the Russian Empire, this exciting performance concludes with full chorus singing the hymn!
Take the time to enjoy these great reminders of all we love and miss hearing, until we can meet again safely at Southwest Florida Symphony live concerts!
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