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National Educational radio presents one in a series of broadcasts of regular subscription concerts especially selected from the archives of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra recorded by the 100 man organization and its permanent home the beautiful Henry an Edsel Ford Auditorium located in Detroit riverfront Civic Center. The programs in the series are being produced by the University of Michigan broadcasting service for national educational radio underground in aid from the National Home Library Foundation. And in cooperation with management and the orchestra Committee of the symphony and the Detroit Federation of Musicians. Concerts in the series of 13 broadcasts will be conducted by the young Swedish musician our permanent musical director and conductor of the orchestra. Hall power a musical director and conductor from one thousand fifty two to one thousand sixty two. Now conductor emeritus and associate conductor. Ray is the conductor for today's concert and he has chosen to present the Tchaikovsky Symphony Number Six in B minor at the party for the first portion of the program. To be heard later in the broadcast of the
mice to sing a by Wagner. And this will be followed by the tone poem and psyche by Frank. In conclusion Maestro paré will conduct the brilliant a spun by. No one would argue the Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony is his best known and most often played work and few would dispute that it together with the Beethoven fifth is among the two or three all time symphony favorites. Strange as it may seem but certainly not without parallel in the history of music. The premier of the work in 1903 was not particularly successful. In a letter to his nephew Vladimir Dhabi doff whom he loved with devotion and to whom he dedicated the party takes him funny. Tchaikovsky wrote in February of 1893. I must tell you how happy I am about my work. As you know I destroyed a symphony which I partly composed and orchestrated in the autumn. I did wisely for it contained little that was really fine and empty a pattern of Psalms without any inspiration. Just as I was starting on my journey a visit to Paris in December 1892 the idea came to me for a
new symphony this time with a program but a program of the kind that remains an enigma to all. Let them guess at who can the work will be intitled a program Symphony Number 6. The program is penetrated by subjective sentiment. During my journey while composing it in my mind I frequently shed tears. Now I am home again I have settled down to sketch out the work and it goes with such ardor. And that in less than four days I have completed the first movement while the remainder of the symphony is clearly outlined in my head. There will be much that is novel as regards form in this work. For instance the finale will not be a great Allegro but in adagio of considerable dimensions you can imagine what joy I feel in the conviction that my day is not yet over and that I may still accomplish much. Perhaps I may be mistaken but it doesn't seem likely. Thus Tchaikovsky wrote to his nephew to whom he dedicated the work. Little did the composer know how prophetic his words were to become the premier of the part it was on October
28 of 1893. Then there followed sudden illness and swift death on November sext from Colorado. There are four movements to the symphony The first is Allegro which at once creates a melancholy or eye which hangs over the whole work. The second movement Allegro con Gretzky has a very simple kind of sketched out Allegro motivic marks the third movement which develops into one gigantic March. Then as the composer himself indicated the fourth movement adagio element also closes the symphony in what one writer has called a mood of utter despair. Today's broadcast by the Detroit Symphony from the Henry an Edsel Ford Auditorium in Detroit begins with a performance of the Symphony Number Six in B minor Opus 72 by Tchaikovsky conductor emeritus Paul Caray is now taking his place on the podium for the opening work of this seven a concert by the symphony. Yeah.
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Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Franck, and Chabrier, part 1
Producing Organization
University of Michigan
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University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
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Episode Description
This program, the first of three parts, presents part of a concert that included performances of pieces by Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Franck, and Chabrier. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Paul Paray.
Series Description
Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert series, recorded at the Ford Auditorium on the Detroit Riverfront.
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Conductor: Paray, Paul, 1886-1979
Performing Group: Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Producing Organization: University of Michigan
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University of Maryland
Identifier: 66-42-7 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:25:51
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