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Debussy and Brahms

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Before Marvin Gaye, there was Debussy & Brahms. Andrew Grams and the musicians of the ESO will light the fires of love: from the ultra-sensual Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and the lustful Verklart Nacht, to the embrace of Brahms Symphony No 3, this is a performance that will take date night to a new level.


April 4 at 7:30 pm
April 5 at 2:30 pm
Hemmens Cultural Center – Elgin, IL


Andrew Grams, conductor
All- Orchestral

Debussy     Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Schoenberg     Verklarte Nacht
Brahms     Symphony No. 3

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NOTEworthy Concert Facts

  • Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune) 
    was inspired by the poem L’après-midi d’un faune by Stéphane Mallarmé. The poem describes the sensual experiences of a faun who has just woken up from his afternoon sleep and discusses his encounters with several nymphs during the morning in a dreamlike monologue.
  • Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 is considered one of his greatest works. However, there was a schism among prominent musicians in the second half of the 19th century. The most prominent members of the conservative circle were Johannes Brahms, Clara Schumann, and the Leipzig Conservatoire which had been founded by Felix Mendelssohn. Their opponents, the radical progressives were represented by Franz Liszt and the members of the so-called New German School (Ger: Neudeutsche Schule), and by Richard Wagner. Although Wagner had died earlier that year, the public feud between Brahms and Wagner had not yet subsided. Wagner enthusiasts tried to interfere with the symphony’s premiere, and the conflict between the two factions nearly brought about a duel.

Click below for an audio concert highlight

…Debussy – Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

…Brahms – Symphony No. 3

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