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The Legendary Bassist and Conductor Serge Koussevitzky


the Legendary Bassist and Conductor Serge Koussevitzky

devoted to the world premiere recording of Ravel's Bolero. From the Bach b-minor suite to another round of enthusiastic applause. When, on rare occasions, some members of the audience would leave Symphony Hall during the performance of a new work, Koussevitzky would repeat the entire piece the following week, telling the offenders, "And I will keep playing this music until you hear." Meanwhile,. For Boston Symphony Orchestra's 50th anniversary he commissioned Ravel 's piano concerto, Gershwin 's 2nd Rhapsody, Prokofiev 's 4th Symphony (which was later revised by the composer Hindemith 's Concert Music for Strings and Brass, and Igor Stravinsky 's Symphony of Psalms, as well. Over the next twenty-five years, he continued building the ensemble's reputation as a leading American orchestra, and developing its summer concert and educational programs at Tanglewood. Paul, MN: Minnesota Public Radio, 1974. In Boston, Koussevitzky also continued his policy of commissioning new works from the world's leading composers. Camden often reissued historic recordings from the RCA Victor catalog with fictitious orchestral names to avoid competing with newer recordings by the same orchestra on the regular RCA label. At about this same time, he established the 'Editions Russe de Musique' to publish the latest works of Russia's most promising young composers.

The Legendary Bassist and Conductor Serge Koussevitzky
the Legendary Bassist and Conductor Serge Koussevitzky

The Legendary Bassist and Conductor Serge Koussevitzky
the Legendary Bassist and Conductor Serge Koussevitzky

Biddulph CD (WHL 019). In Berlin Sergei studied conducting under Arthur Nikisch, using his new-found wealth to pay off his teacher's gambling debts. The following year Koussevitzky returned to Russia and founded his own orchestra. 3, and Olivier Messiaen 's Turangalla-Symphonie. His recordings of American music (many of which are collected. Initiated in 1936, the first concerts were presented in a tent and proved to be extraordinarily successful as more than 15,000 people attended. Two years later, he established the Koussevitzky Music Foundation an organization which continues to commission new works from today's best composers. For the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony in 1931, he commissioned a string of masterworks including Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, Ravel's Piano Concerto, Roussel's Third Symphony, Hanson's Romantic Symphony, Prokofieff's Fourth Symphony, and Gershwin's 2nd Rhapsody. Russian Revolution, he returned to his homeland for a brief time to conduct the State Symphony Orchestra of Petrograd; in 1920, he made his way. He quickly asked the young man to write a Symphony for the upcoming Boston season.


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