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I have attended two recent concerts one on November 19 and another one on November 11 Veterans Day. Thank you to all Veterans!!
The one on the 19th featured Charles Ives The Unanswered Question, John Adams the Transmigration of Souls and Mozart's Requiem. Ives and Adams(not to be confused with the president.)
The Transmigration and requiem deal with death and mourning. The Transmigration was written in the wake of 9-11 and has spoken voice. both works I did a lot of contemplating while I was listening.
the cooncert on the 11th Featured Leonard Slatkin's Kinah which was written in memory of his parents who were also classical musicians. Barber's Piano Concerto, Copeland's Billy the Kid and George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess Suit. Porgy and Bess is best known for its song 'Summeritme'. It was also one of the first operas to have an all black cast.
Barber and Ives were both American and lived out their lives in the second half of the 20th Century and may seem to be in contrast to Mozart who was Austrian and lived almost 200 years earlier.
Slatkin who conducted the work on November 11 is also American. He is not much of a composer. It begins with themes form the second movement to Brahms Concerto for Violin and Cello(opus #102) "double Concerto" Which his parents were practicing before his father died in 1963. Brahms Double Concerto is one of my favorite pieces.
Leonard Slatkin is not known as a composer. German Conductor Willhelm Furtwengler (1886-1954) and Spanish cellist and conductor Pablo Casals (1876-1973) were both composers in their own right.