Give a Nod to Your Favorite Musical Narrative
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
This week's Showdown offered three works that typify the 19th century Romantic interest in program music, in which composers attempted to evoke a specific narrative or idea through music.
For most of the morning it was Mussorgsky’s famous 1874 promenade through a gallery of paintings by his friend Viktor Hartmann that led the race, if only slightly. But, ultimately, the piece of program music that perked a few more ears was Berlioz’s 1830 masterpiece portraying episodes in the life of a lovesick and self-destructive artist.
We played the winner at noon.