CLAUDE DEBUSSY Nocturnes
Much of Debussy’s music presents itself as an aural response
to visual stimulus. The orchestral triptych Nocturnes paints musical
pictures of three imaginary scenes: clouds passing over Paris, a village
festival, and a seascape. Debussy is often compared to the French Impressionist
painters; with this work, he musically achieves something similar to their
ambiguous, yet highly evocative, use of line, color, and texture.
MEREDITH MONK WEAVE for Two Voices,
Chamber Orchestra, and Chorus
The title of this 2010 composition, WEAVE, is allusive in a poetic way, but it also connotes the
musical processes at work in the piece. Monk weaves a continuous, rich, and
haunting sonic tapestry from several thematic ideas that entwine in
counterpoint even as they evolve slowly over the course of the work.
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4
in F Minor, Op. 36
Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony is deeply personal, freighted
with autobiographical significance. Through his music, the composer confessed
to feeling condemned to misery by implacable destiny. The Fourth Symphony, Tchaikovsky
told an intimate correspondent, reflects his struggle against what he feared
was his cruel fate.