Ohhh so lovely. That flute. It was inspired by Mallarme’s The Afternoon of the Faun. So yes…could be construed as grotesque indeed. But, I am me. And I love grotesque. Yes, this one could not be long enough. I was so disappointed when it ended.
Yep, 2015 premier. It was stressful. I was so enthralled with the violinist. Female. She was quoted as saying, she felt like she was playing a very important role. She looked like an actress. Standing before the orchestra, STANDING (the whole time - 50 min), exposed, flowing freely all of the tales of women, strong women, different women, equal women. So beautiful. An older man who was sitting next to my sister and I, said, “I didn’t like that one, felt like I was getting an MRI.” haha.
Listening to Rimsky-Korsakov’s version right now! Thanks!
I am so addicted. I can’t believe how some people can sit there and flip through the program while the music is playing. It’s like, “OMG do you see this? Do you FEEL this???” It was a very ethereal experience for me. I will definitely go again and again and again. Also, included with the price of the ticket was a pre-concert lecture about the pieces…amazing. This flutist, who is also a teacher of music broke shit down. he spoke of Debussy’s intro - “That first note…it leaves you purposefully in a foggy state of mind…drifting…somewhat uncomfortable.” And this lecturer also spoke of what Stravinsky did…he took wonderful chords, themselves sound wonderful, and placed them together to just fuck shit up. He just loved taking something “easy” and complicating it. Sigh…I’m still floating. There is a part in The Rite of Spring (haha a lot of parts are like this)…but it’s like terrifying, and if you separated the chords, you could make lovely children’s songs about butterflies with them, but together…!!!