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Czech Philharmonic ⬩ Keith Lockhart
An American programme with Dvořák? Many Americans see him as the founder of the American composition school. Heading the conservatoire in New York, he laid the foundation from which Gershwin, Ellington, and Copland, born in the early 20th century, emerged. Their works inspired by folk music and jazz will be conducted by American Keith Lockhart.
Suite in A major, Op. 98b (21')
Piano Concerto in F major (35')
— Intermission —
The Tender Land, suite from the opera (19')
Marc-André Hamelin piano
Keith Lockhart conductor
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About the programme
Smetana, Dvořák, and great Czech musicians of the generations that followed them created a national school of composition with a clear identity. They set about doing this deliberately, but it was never obvious how they should proceed. For decades, there were heated debates over the influence of foreign music (especially Liszt and Wagner) and over how (if at all) Czech folk music should be incorporated into music for the concert hall.
When Dvořák spent a few years teaching composition in the USA in the early 1890s, American composers were also on the path of discovery of a national school. Dvořák was fascinated by the music of the African Americans and Native Americans he encountered during his stay in America, and he predicted that their music pointed the way to a uniquely American style.
Tonight we will hear four distinctive voices speaking with an American accent: Dvořák, with his European perspective, and three native sons of the USA, all born around the year 1900: Gershwin, Copland, and Ellington.
Rudolfinum — Dvořák Hall
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