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Beethoven and Ballets Russes: Art of Modernity

Mar 10, 2023

Perry Tannenbaum, CVNC -- 

For Charlotte Symphony guest conductor Paolo Bortolameolli, Satie, Stravinsky, and Beethoven all have at least one thing in common: music of modernity. Connecting the dots of this unusual programming, Bortolameolli explained how the programmed works from these composers reflect their fixations with the future of art music. Often to the detriment of his public reception, Satie wrote music with the goal of rejecting attitudes of pretentiousness surrounding art in Europe. Stravinsky was writing music in collaboration with Sergei Diaghilev of the Ballets Russes which was so artistically radical that it left Parisians rioting in the streets. Even Beethoven, who Bortolameolli boldy claims is the most modern composer of all, was restructuring the legacy of symphonic form by his second symphony.

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