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Revisiting Bach

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    Johann Sebastian Bach / Raquel García-Tomás: New work (2021) 15' - World première. ‎Commissioned by L’Auditori
    Johann Sebastian Bach / Arnold Schönberg: Transcription of Prelude and Fugue in E-flat major ‎‎‘St. Anne’, BWV 552 (arr. 1928) 15'‎
    Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka (1910-11, rev. 1947) 40'‎

Performers

    Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC)‎

    El Cor Canta + Participatory Youth Choir
    Shiyeon Sung, conductor
    • Friday 14 May 20:00
    • Saturday 15 May 19:00
  • €25
  • Hall 1 Pau Casals
  • Extraordinary concert

How does Bach’s music sound when played by a modern orchestra? In the time of Johann Sebastian Bach, transcribing, producing, and adapting one's own or someone else's music was a common procedure. Much of the material that nourishes Bach's cantatas appears, in some way and with greater or fewer alterations, in other of the composer’s compositions regardless of their purpose.

Sessions and tickets

Friday

14 May 2021
Time:
20:00
Price:
25 €

Saturday

15 May 2021
Time:
19:00
Price:
25 €

Program

The Prelude and Fugue (BWV 552), one of the longest and most elaborate in the composer’s organ music production, synthesises the French, Italian, and German styles in a single work. Arnold Schoenberg’s orchestration brings into play two radically different universes: the unmistakably Bachian composition with a modern orchestration is the antipode of the sonority of Bach. The result is a surprising and puzzling proposition.

Playing with outlines and multiple references is characteristic of the music of Raquel García-Tomás, who this time draws on Bach to present a new work. Completing the programme is Petrushka, one of the three classical ballets that brought Igor Stravinsky international fame, devised for Serge Diaghilev's Russian Ballets.

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