Mozart's Attic - Thursday, July 25th at 10:00 pm
Paris at the turn of the century was a cauldron for the modern arts.
In music, there were three composers in particular, Debussy, Ravel, and Satie, who are now recognized as leading figures in what we call the Impressionistic School -- although they were not all that happy with that label.
We'll look at some of the work of these three -- pieces that helped to advance musical style past the 19th century Romanticism that was by now becoming rather tired.
Then we'll continue with the fifth in the series of the complete symphonies of Franz Schubert.
In the second hour, we'll see how five composers -- Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Holst, and Silvestrov -- have dealt with writing for string orchestra over a period of nearly 300 years -- from the prelude and fugue format of the third Brandenburg Concerto to the postmodern structure of a contemporary elegy for strings.