December 17, 2018. Concert Notes.

Classics in Art and Music

Monday, December 17, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Brunswick High School Auditorium
Michelle Merrill, Music Director and Conductor


Symphony No. 1 in D major – The Classical Symphony           Sergei Prokofiev

Gavotta: non troppo allegro
Finale: molto vivace

Trittico Botticelliano                                                          Ottorino Respighi


Symphony No. 5 in B flat major                                             Franz Schubert

Andante con moto
Menuetto, allegro molto
Allegro vivace

Experience Classics in Art and Music …

… when the orchestra gives us a 20th Century work with influences of the Classical Period; music reflecting visual art; and another symphony inspired by Mozart, nature, and a party.

Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 in D major, was also known as The Classical Symphony. Written in 1917, the work is a striking combination of both its time and of the classical period, and it is widely considered to be the ultimate test for any string section.

Ottorino Respighi’s delightful Trittico Botticelliano gives musical form to three Sandro Botticelli masterpieces hanging in the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence, Italy. A student of 16th, 17th and 18th Century music, Respighi’s music is bright, evocative, and eclectic, borrowing from both old and new musical styles.

The concert closes with Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, written in 1816 and resembling in character, Mozart, whom he idolized. The work is scored for a small orchestra of woodwinds and strings, and it became known as “the symphony without trumpets or drums.” Schubert’s diary entries just before beginning the 5th mention Beethoven, “the magical notes of Mozart’s music,” the pleasures of a walk in the country, and a party honoring Italian composer Antonio Salieri.

This concert will tickle our imaginations and delight our senses!