Past Event5 Oct 2017

New Directions

No longer available

Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall

Classical music

Conductor André de Ridder

Violin Robert McDuffie

Debussy Prélude à L’Après-midi d’un faune

Glass Violin Concerto No.1

Schoenberg Theme and Variations

Debussy La Mer


Pierre Boulez said that modern music began with Debussy’s Prélude à L’Après-midi d’un faune, the essence of the languid, erotic heat of summer.

Many thought Schoenberg’s ‘twelve-tone’ system of composition was revolutionary, but Schoenberg insisted it was just the latest step in a great tradition. Philip Glass ignored tradition entirely. His shimmering, hypnotic music is like nothing before it.

For the essence of the wind, the waves and the smack of salt spray, look no further than Debussy’s La Mer.

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