Prelude op.45 : for symphonic orchestra
by Charles Bodman Rae (2009)
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Prelude, op. 45, and Nocturne, op. 48.1 : for symphonic orchestra / Fryderyk Chopin ; orchestrated by Charles Bodman Rae.
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A new, orchestral version of Chopin's Prelude in C sharp minor, op.45. This and his Nocturne in C minor, op.48 no.1 were specially written for, were premiered by, and are dedicated to, the Polish conductor, Jacek Kaspszyk, and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, to form parts of the official celebrations in 2010 of the bicentenary of Chopin's birth. The Prelude was orchestrated first, and had a specific purpose: to draw public attention to the way Chopin's advanced, chromatic, and highly expressive harmony anticipates key works by Wagner and Mahler. Hence the premiere of the Prelude was followed by Wagner's Wesendonk Lieder, and Mahler's Fifth Symphony. The Nocturne was composed as a companion to the Prelude, so that the two can be performed together (without a break). The choice of this particular Nocturne was influenced not only by the Mahlerian idea, but also by the inspiring piano lessons I received as a teenager from Dame Fanny Waterman. It is thus a double birthday tribute: to Chopin's 200th birthday; and to Dame Fanny Waterman's 90th birthday.
Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets in A, bass clarinet in A (or Bb), 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, harp, strings.
Duration: 8 min.
Commission note: Written for and dedicated to Jacek Kaspszyk and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, to celebrate in 2010 the bicentenary of the birth of Chopin.
First performance: by Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jacek Kaspszyk — 1 Oct 10. Inaugural concert of the 2010-2011 75th Jubilee Season of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Katowice, Poland.
- On the occasion of: Preludes
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1 Oct 10: Inaugural concert of the 2010-2011 75th Jubilee Season of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Katowice, Poland.. Featuring Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jacek Kaspszyk.
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