Pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m. with Devin
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
Alberto Ginastera: Harp Concerto
Rachel Knight, harp
Tchaikovsky was at a point in his life where the cruel hand of fate had struck him one too many times, at least in his mind. His tendencies towards depression and self-doubt are annihilated by the joy and excitement with which the Fourth Symphony ends. Of course, it does not begin this way. Tchaikovsky borrowed Beethoven’s technique of presenting fate in a short musical motive, which in contrast to Beethoven’s ending, would assert itself more loudly and insistently before giving in to the blind jubilation of humanity.