BRAHMS + SHOSTAKOVICH
The Boise Phil will perform pieces by two contrasting composers Johannes Brahms and Dmitri Shostakovich on November 15, 2019, at its Brahms + Shostakovich concert in the NNU Brandt Center. Guest artist, Julian Schwarz, will join the Boise Philharmonic to perform Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 in E-flat Major. Brahms’ Hungarian Dances Nos. 1 & 6, originally written for two dueling pianos, are fast-paced and lively. These pieces were themed after popular 19th-century dance-style pieces as well as Hungarian folk-tunes. Ranging between 1 and 5 minutes, Hungarian Dances was written for people to play in their homes and is one of the most popular works written by this composer. Hungarian Dances is composed of four books of music published between 1869 and 1880 and houses 21 pieces in total. Born in Russia, Shostakovich is known as one of the major composers of the 20th century. Composing pieces that combined multiple different musical techniques and themes, Shostakovich’s pieces are difficult to place into a specific musical category. Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major was composed for a friend of Shostakovich, who methodically memorized and performed the piece within four days. Cello Concerto No. 1 is considered one of the most difficult pieces ever composed for cello. Brahms’ final piece being performed is his famous Symphony No. 2 in D major, quoted by Brahms’ as “so melancholy that you will not be able to bear it.” Despite this quote, Symphony No. 2 has been referred to as one of the most cheerful works written by the composer and was received with an overwhelmingly positive reception when premiered in December 1877 by the Vienna Philharmonic. Unlike Brahms’ First Symphony, which took 21 years for the composer to complete, Symphony No. 2 was written during the summer of 1877, while Brahms was visiting Pörtschach am Wörthersee, an Austrian lake-town. Please visit the website at www.boisephil.org for more information.