Posts in Repertoire
Emi Ferguson on Vivaldi's "Il Gardellino"

I thought it would be fun to see these challenges as an opportunity to “recompose” Vivaldi’s famous concerto "Il Gardellino” (The Goldfinch) for full modern orchestra - taking advantage of the full string section and the wonderful colours that a wind section can add, reimagining what this piece might have sounded like if Vivaldi were living today and writing the same piece for a modern orchestra and modern flute.

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Dvorak and his Musical "New World"

Antonin Dvorak's "New World" Symphony was welcomed instantly and universally as a sublime musical masterpiece and a profound experience for audiences when it was premiered at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1893. But it is revealing and fascinating to look back today at the controversies about its composition and its reception, revolving around questions of cultural authenticity and its place in a struggle to define what, if any, significance in the larger artistic universe America might aspire to.

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