Included in the program are the beautiful Brahms Nänie Op. 82, and Mahler’s Forest Legend, an early work. In keeping with the San Juan Symphony’s “Once Upon a Time” season theme, the program offers the audience a journey through the myths and fairy tales drawn upon by the composers to create these well-known and well-loved works. For tickets and information, call the Palm Theatre at 970/369-5669 or visit www.telluridepalm.com
The poem Nänie was written by Friedrich Schiller in 1799; in 1881, Brahms decided to set it to music in 1881 as a tribute to the German artist Anselm Freuerbach. “Though the text is literally a mourning for a loss of a youth, the music itself is a glorious and well constructed piece of literature,” says former Chorale Society Director David Lingle. “There are the typical soaring vocal lines in the chorus and thick, rich harmonies that we have come to expect from the mature Brahms.
“Waldmarchen was composed by a youthful Mahler. Like so many works by composers like Bach, and even Andrew Lloyd Weber, it has existed in many incarnations.” What is notable about this work, Lingle says, is its “experimental passages that are at once Impressionistic and hymn-like,” while “the music is episodic, as is the story which ends in an interesting cliffhanger.”
The concert represents the second collaboration between the San Juan Symphony, The Durango Choral Society and the Telluride Choral Society.