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Norfolk Symphony Orchestra

America – A New World of Music

Part of the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra 2018/19 Season

Add to my Calendar 24-03-2019 15:30 24-03-2019 17:30 36 Norfolk Symphony Orchestra America – A New World of Music As the 19th Century turned into the 20th and music in Europe was falling into turmoil, there appeared a new kid on the block – America. Many of its composers were migrants from the Old World who enthusiastically embraced their chance to make a new start. The first major contribution made by America to world music was, of course, Jazz, and many “classical” composers absorbed its rhythms and sounds and used them as the basis for their music. One of the most famous of these was George Gershwin, whose Piano Concerto in F combines perfectly the energy of Tin Pan Alley and the richness of the Blues. Even more wildly abandoned is Bernstein’s music to West Side Story with its mix of Latin dance and 50s swing. Aaron Copland was deeply affected by the work of Nationalist composers in Europe, such as Bartok and Vaughan Williams and, like them, set about creating a musical language out of the building blocks of his folk traditions. His Fanfare for the Common Man has become an icon. The other great contribution which America made came much later, towards the end of the 20th Century. This was minimalism, with its bewitching, hypnotically repeating patterns. Perhaps the most famous minimalist composer is Philip Glass, whose string piece Company was written as incidental music to Samuel Beckett’s play of the same name. Vibrant, energetic and vividly colourful... St Nicholas' Chapel, King's Lynn DD/MM/YYYY

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St Nicholas' Chapel
St Ann's Street
King's Lynn
Norfolk
PE30 1NH
England


Programme

Aaron CoplandFanfare for the Common Man
Leonard BernsteinWest Side Story: Symphonic Dances
Philip GlassCompany
George GershwinPiano Concerto in F major

Performers

Viv McLean – piano
Philip Hesketh – Conductor
Philippa Barton – Leader

Norfolk Symphony Orchestra

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Programme Note

America – A New World of Music

As the 19th Century turned into the 20th and music in Europe was falling into turmoil, there appeared a new kid on the block – America. Many of its composers were migrants from the Old World who enthusiastically embraced their chance to make a new start.

The first major contribution made by America to world music was, of course, Jazz, and many “classical” composers absorbed its rhythms and sounds and used them as the basis for their music. One of the most famous of these was George Gershwin, whose Piano Concerto in F combines perfectly the energy of Tin Pan Alley and the richness of the Blues. Even more wildly abandoned is Bernstein’s music to West Side Story with its mix of Latin dance and 50s swing.

Aaron Copland was deeply affected by the work of Nationalist composers in Europe, such as Bartok and Vaughan Williams and, like them, set about creating a musical language out of the building blocks of his folk traditions. His Fanfare for the Common Man has become an icon.

The other great contribution which America made came much later, towards the end of the 20th Century. This was minimalism, with its bewitching, hypnotically repeating patterns. Perhaps the most famous minimalist composer is Philip Glass, whose string piece Company was written as incidental music to Samuel Beckett’s play of the same name.

Vibrant, energetic and vividly colourful...

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