BBC Proms
16 Aug 2011 Royal Albert Hall

Proms 2011 Prom 43: Copland, Bax, Barber, Bartók & Prokofiev Prom 43: Copland, Bax, Barber, Bartók & Prokofiev

Prom 43: Copland, Bax, Barber, Bartók & Prokofiev

Played

19:00 Tuesday 16 Aug 2011 Royal Albert Hall

  • Aaron Copland 1900–1990
  • Fanfare for the Common Man (3 mins)
  • Sir Arnold Bax 1883–1953
  • Symphony No. 2 (39 mins)
  • INTERVAL
  • Samuel Barber 1910–1981
  • Adagio for strings (8 mins)
  • Béla Bartók 1881–1945
  • Piano Concerto No 2 in G major (28 mins)
  • INTERVAL
  • 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.

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