CROSSCURRENTS: SALON AND CONCERT HALL
AUGUST 13, 2021
Friday at 7 PM
Presented by the Bard Music Festival
Salons were a haven for the Parisian avant-garde, especially those of Boulanger’s colorful friend and patron, the sewing machine heiress Winnaretta Singer, Princesse Edmond de Polignac. It was there that many ensemble pieces first came to life, including Lipatti’s neo-Baroque Concertino.
Boulanger also led the first performance of Stravinsky’s “Dumbarton Oaks” Concerto, having instigated its creation; it was her idea for Washington’s Bliss family to commission the composer to write a Brandenburg-inspired piece for their private salon at the D.C. estate that gave the work its name.
Composed during the Nazi occupation of Paris and notable for the triumphant trumpet solo of its Finale, Honegger’s Second Symphony for Strings premiered at the Collegium Musicuum in Zurich.