• Saturday, May. 30, 2020

LONG BEACH SYMPHONY: Love Triangles


LONG BEACH SYMPHONY: Love Triangles

Lovers of the Romantic period will enjoy our exploration of love and war through the music of Liszt, Clara Schumann, and Brahms. In his Les Preludes, the earliest example of a Symphonic Poem, Liszt questions the meaning of love, life and death based on the query, “What else is our life but a series of preludes to that unknown Hymn, the first and solemn note of which is intoned by Death?” You’ll hear calm, storms and serenity, punctuated by a recurring 3-note theme. Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor is a highly chromatic work akin in its virtuosity to a Chopin etude with orchestra. By contrast, Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E minor, his final symphony, represents the sum of everything Brahms had cultivated throughout his life with regard to the ideal of the symphony.