September 16, 2021
Leonard Slatkin will lead the world premiere of Brahmsiana, his arrangement of Brahms melodies, with The Orchestra Now (TŌN) at Bard College’s Fisher Center.
“There are compelling reasons to recast pieces of music, perhaps most importantly, to bring them to a broader public through performance by soloists and ensembles other than those for which they were first intended,” Slatkin explained. “Second, ‘re-composing’ provides an opportunity for the transcriptionist to embrace music by a beloved composer while also asserting his or her own creative muse based on years of experience.”
The set of seven transcriptions, comprising the following orchestrations, will be performed on Saturday, September 18 at 8:00 p.m. EDT (tune in for the webcast) and Sunday, September 19 at 2:00 p.m. EDT:
- Capriccio in D Minor, Op. 116, No. 1 for Orchestra
- Intermezzo in E-flat Major, Op. 117, No. 1 for Wind Ensemble
- Vineta, Op. 42, No. 2 for String Orchestra
- Theme and Variations, Op. 18b for Wind Ensemble and Harp
- Andante from Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60 for Orchestra
- Rhapsody in E-flat Major, Op. 119, No. 4 for Orchestra
- Wiegenlied (Lullaby), Op. 49, No. 4 for Orchestra
The concert program also includes Cindy McTee’s Circuits and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by Ravel and arranged by Slatkin.