Max Derrickson

Writing Music Program Notes for Over 20 Years

Mahler – Symphony No. 1 in D-Major

Gustav Mahler     (b Kalischt, near Iglau, Bohemia (now Jihlava, Czech Republic), July 7, 1860; d Vienna, May 18, 1911) Symphony No. 1 in D-Major 1.  Langsam, schleppend – Immer sehr gemächlich [Slow, held back – Always very leisurely] 2. Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell – Trio: Recht gemächlich [Moving strongly, but not too fast […]

Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 24 in C-Minor, K491

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart     (Born January 27, 1756 in Salzburg; died December 5, 1791 in Vienna) Piano Concerto No. 24 in C-Minor, K491 1. Allegro 2. Larghetto 3. Allegretto Mozart’s Piano Concerto 24 is at once sublime and yet sounds years ahead of its time.  Its moody outer movements that bookend the almost naïve middle […]

Haydn – The Mermaid’s Song, Hob. XXVIa no. 25

Franz Josef Haydn     (Born March 31, 1732 in Rohrau, Austria; died May 31, 1809 in Vienna) The Mermaid’s Song, Hob. XXVIa no. 25 By the time Haydn had reached his 29th year of service in 1790 to his patron, the music loving Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy of Vienna, he was undeniably the most famous living […]