Soirées Musicales

Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra
Group type: Orchestras
  • Saturday 21 May
    7.00 – 9.45pm
Ticket typeCost
General Admission£10.00

The Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra will round its 76th Concert Series with an evening celebrating the music of four significant 20th-century composers inspired by twilight, evening and night.

BRITTEN Soirées Musicales
BOULANGER D’un Soir Triste
PRICE Dances in the Canebrakes (Arr. Grant Still)
ELGAR Symphony No. 1 in Ab major, op. 55

George Morton, Conductor
Charlotte Pinder, Leader

Britten’s sparkling orchestral suite Soirées Musicales, based on Themes by Rossini, gets the evening off to a toe-tapping start before exploring the darker sound world of Lili Boulanger's D’un Soir Triste.

Lili Boulanger, the sister of celebrated French composer and pedagogue Nadia Boulanger, completed D’un Soir Triste only months before her tragic death at the age of just 24. It was, in fact, the last piece of music that Boulanger was able to score by hand, with the writing on the manuscript becomes ever weaker and more indistinct until it’s difficult to make out the notes.

The SPO will then take you to the American Deep South with Florence Price's Dances in the Canebrakes. Composed in 1953, again just months before Price’s unexpected death from a stroke, Dances in the Canebrakes is a short three movement suite for piano, orchestrated by William Grant Still later that year.

Elgar’s explosive First Symphony was written when he was an already world-famous 51-year-old and was instantly an international hit– the perfect piece to round off our season!

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  • BRITTEN: Soirées Musicales
  • BOULANGER: D’un Soir Triste
  • PRICE: Dances in the Canebrakes (Arr. Grant Still)
  • ELGAR: Symphony No. 1 in Ab major, op. 55

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