Max Derrickson

Writing Music Program Notes for Over 20 Years

Bennett – “The Four Freedoms” – A Symphony after Four Paintings by Norman Rockwell

Robert Russell Bennett   (b June 15, 1894 in Kansas City, Missouri; d August 18, 1981 inNew York) “The Four Freedoms” – A Symphony after Four Paintings by Norman Rockwell Allegro vigoroso (Freedom of Speech) Andante sostenuto (Freedom of Worship) Scherzo (Freedom from Want) Lento tranquillo – March (Freedom from Fear)   The Twentieth Century has been called the […]

Bartok – Third Piano Concerto

Bartok – Third Piano Concerto [. . .]  Though much of Bartok’s music is rather modern and dissonant, the Third Piano Concerto is very different in nature.  The first movement, Allegretto, opens with gently pulsing strings and a lilting first theme from the piano.  The entire work is very tonal harmonically, and this opening paves the way.  […]

Bartok – Dance Suite

Bartok – Dance Suite   Bela Bartok (1881-1945) is one of Hungary’s greatest gifts to music.  His accomplishments spanned from composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, teacher to ethnomusicologist.  His early musical career seemed headed toward being one of the 20th century’s finest pianists.  Having graduated from the Budapest Conservatory in 1903, and already mastering his talent […]

Barber – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14

Samuel Barber   (b West Chester, PA, 9 March 1910; d New York, 23 Jan. 1981) Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14 1. Allegro 2. Andante 3. Presto in moto   [. . .]  There is a lyrical, vocal beauty about many of Samuel Barber’s works, which is supremely evident in his Violin Concerto.  As the […]

Barber – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 38

Samuel Barber   (Born in West Chester, PA, 1910; died in New York, 1981)   Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 38 1. Allegro appasionata 2. Canzona – Moderato 3. Allegro molto   Barber began showing his precocious musical talent by age seven. He studied voice and piano seriously at home inWest Chester,Pennsylvania, until, at […]

Bach – Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor BMV 1060

Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor BMV 1060 1. Allegro 2. Adagio 3. Allegro   Johann Sebastian Bach   (b Eisenach, 21 March 1685; d Leipzig, 28 July 1750)   [. . . ] The “concerto” form as used by Bach grew out of the Baroque Italian “concerto grosso” which was perfected by Vivaldi (the […]

Bach – Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BMV 1066

Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major,  BMV 1066 I Overture II Courante III Gavotte I alternativement – Gavotte II IV Fourlane V Menuet I alternativement – Menuet II VI Bourée I alternativement I – Bourée II VII Passepied I alternativement – Passepied II   Johann Sebastian Bach   (b Eisenach, 21 March 1685; d Leipzig, 28 […]

Bach – Concerto No. 1 in D minor (for piano), BMV 1052

Johann Sebastian Bach   (b Eisenach, 21 March 1685; d Leipzig, 28 July 1750) Concerto No. 1 in D minor (for piano), BMV 1052 I Allegro II Adagio III Allegro This concerto is another extraordinary work by Bach reworked in 1738 for the Collegium musicum ofLeipzig, its origins unknown but presumed to have originally been intended for […]

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