- Aaron Copland 1900–1990
Fanfare for the Common Man (3 mins)
- Sir Arnold Bax 1883–1953
Symphony No. 2 (39 mins)
- Samuel Barber 1910–1981
Adagio for strings (8 mins)
- Béla Bartók 1881–1945
Piano Concerto No 2 in G major (28 mins)
- Yuja Wang piano
- Sergei Prokofiev 1891–1953
Symphony No. 4 in C major (revised version,1947) (37 mins)
About this event
Tonight's composers have something, or someone, in common: Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Serge Koussevitzky.
Copland's Fanfare was later incorporated into his Third Symphony, written for the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, which also commissioned Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra. Bax's Second Symphony was dedicated to the conductor, who also championed Barber's music in the 1940s.
The original version of Prokofiev's Fourth Symphony was commissioned for the BSO's 50th anniversary and premiered under Koussevitzky.