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BREVARD MUSIC CENTER | OVERTURE

FRIDAY, JULY 15 7:30 PM

In memory of Henry Janiec

WHITTINGTON-PFOHL AUDITORIUM MAHLER 5 Brevard Music Center Orchestra Keith Lockhart, conductor Nicole Cabell, soprano STRAUSS (1864-1949)

Tonight's concert is performed in memory of Maestro Henry Janiac (1929-2015) - BMC Artistic Director for over three decades.

Four Last Songs Frühling September Beim Schlafengehen Im Abendrot Ms. Cabell, soprano

INTERMISSION

MAHLER (1860-1911)

Symphony No. 5 Trauermarsch Stürmisch bewegt, mit größter Vehemenz Scherzo Adagietto Rondo. Finale

– BMC Alumnus

RICHARD STRAUSS (1864-1949) Four Last Songs

Premiered in London on May 22, 1950, by Kirsten Flagstad, accompanied by the Philharmonia Orchestra under Wilhelm Furtwängler. Strauss’s career as a composer spanned six decades and two world wars. He had seen the best and the worst in man. Always in the public’s eye, he had experienced tremendous triumphs and utter defeat. At the end of World War II he was in his eighties, struggling to put his life together as best as he could. The agony of personal loss is expressed deeply in his Metamorphosen, finished in 1945. By 1947 Strauss had regained some public trust, and he was able to find work again as composer and performer — only to realize that his strength was failing him. In

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May 1948 Strauss turned to the Eichendorff poem Im Abendrot (At Sunset) to compose one of his most personal songs. It is not difficult to imagine Strauss and his wife of over 50 years, sitting in their home in Garmisch, as we hear the opening verse, “In times of trial and joy we have gone hand in hand, now we can rest from our travels over the still land.” Only a month later Strauss composed three Hermann Hesse songs with a similarly introspective tone about the passing of time. He did not seem to conceive these four songs as cyclical and chose not to publish them, indicating their personal nature. Musically, these songs show the polish and mastery of a seasoned composer in complete control of his craft. Artistically, Strauss not only seems to find deep satisfaction in giving expression to the words, but we find a man once again at peace with himself and the world around him.

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