7th February 2017

Copyright Richard Haughton

Copyright Richard Haughton

Conductor: Rebecca Miller

Tuesday 7th February 2016 at 7.30pm
St John’s Smith Square, London


Liszt – Les préludes
Kodály – Peacock Variations
Bartók – Concerto for Orchestra

Liszt invented the symphonic poem in 1854 with Les préludes, portraying life’s journey as each seminal event a prelude to the next. Kodály and Bartók were alumni of the academy founded by Liszt, together promoting Hungarian folk music, with the variations on the song ‘Fly, Peacock’ one of Kodály’s most brilliant and celebrated works. In 1943 renowned music director Koussevitsky commissioned an ailing Bartók for a new work, more in charity than expectation: the Concerto for Orchestra gave him ‘the best orchestra piece of the last 25 years’. Bartók described the mood transitioning from sterness and a song for death (separated by a jesting ‘presentation of the couples’) to life assertion.

Tickets available from St John’s Smith Square or may be obtained from orchestra members.