One week before his Fourth Symphony was set to premiere in 1878, Anton Bruckner canceled the concert. Three years later, the world finally heard a much revised version. The 1878 edition was tossed on a musical trash heap, lost to the world.
Until now. A prominent scholar has resurrected the lost score, including a long, gorgeous passage that has never been played, and offered it to MusicaNova for a world premiere. It’s an exciting — and daunting — opportunity. We hope to unveil the work this spring at the Musical Instrument Museum, but Bruckner symphonies require big orchestras. We’re going to need more resources to pull it off.
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The 2021-22 season opened with Baroque to the Future, featuring works of the 17th and 18th centuries that feel right at home in today’s world.
In Heinrich Biber’s “Battalia à 10,” listen for the cellos imitating cannon shots by playing a pizzicato that snaps against the fingerboard. Or the bass player creating the sound of a snare drum by placing a piece of paper between the strings. The second movement describes a bunch of drunks in a pub singing in four different keys simultaneously.
Enjoy these videos from the MNO Wind Quintet’s concert at MIM.
Sonoran-born composer Arturo Marquez wrote this piece in 1996. It incorporates Latin rhythms and fluid lines. The title reflects the composer’s belief that he wrote the piece in the middle or “noon” of his life.
This concert was underwritten by a grant from the Phoenix Office on Arts and Culture.
From Arizona State University graduate Theresa Martin’s program notes: “Life is like a long hallway with a series of doors. Some doors are open and easy to travel through… The hallway may seem like a confusing maze, and oftentimes you may get lost… Throughout your journey, you will experience inertia, trials, and periods of intense growth.”
This was the Arizona premiere for the piece, written in 2019 .
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