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8th Philharmonic Concert

Florence Price: »Ethiopia’s Shadow in America« / György Ligeti: Violin Concerto / William Levi Dawson: »Negro Folk Symphony«

Aula der Neuen Universität
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Born in Illinois in 1887, she was the first African-American female composer of classical music to gain renown throughout the USA: Florence Price. Her music especially captures aspects of African-American spirituals without directly citing any particular song or melody. She achieves this quality by her particular treatment of rhythmic elements. »Ethiopia’s Shadow in America« from 1932 is considered to be her first orchestral work.

György Ligeti would have celebrated his hundredth birthday in 2023. Written for a relatively small orchestra, this violin concerto was created by the master of new music using ocarinas, Asian slide whistles, modern orchestral instruments and percussion to create a wealth of form and colour.

When the »Negro Folk Symphony« by US-American composer William Dawson was premiered in 1934, the audience was bowled over. Maintaining the traditional form, the symphony contains a cornucopia of spiritual motifs in skilled variations.

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