April 10, 2017. Concert Notes.
April 10, 2017, at 8:00 PM
Brunswick High School Auditorium
Luis Haza, Music Director and Conductor
La Forza del Destino, Overture Giuseppe Verdi
Siegfried’s Funeral March Richard Wagner
Symphony No.1 in D Major, “Titan” Gustav Mahler
Experience Powerful Emotions …
as the orchestra closes the season with stirring music displaying feelings of fate, destiny, sadness, love and triumph. Translated as The Power of Fate or The Force of Destiny, Verdi’s Overture opens with a musical theme of fate introduced in a short motif or musical idea in the brass, and then becomes a recurring figure throughout the piece. Grandeur and humanity are reflected in Siegfried’s Funeral March taken from Wagner’s musical drama Gotterdammerung or Twilight of the Gods. A rich, haunting, dark feeling pervades the opening but then the music becomes a hopeful, triumphant march. Breathtaking brass and percussion return us to a more somber feeling and close of the march which represents the heart of the Ring Cycle of four operas written by Wagner.
Following intermission, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 “Titan” incorporates music from previous works that went through several iterations before its final form. Mahler was a late Romantic composer who acted as a bridge between the 19th Century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th Century. Scored for a large orchestra, with several instruments used only in the expansive, stormy final movement, the symphony moves from youthful dreams to the burial of illusions. Just as we saw Beethoven begin to move classical music into the robust Romantic period in our first season concert, Mahler’s work builds a bridge from 19th to 20th Century music in a fitting finale.