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  • Title: San Francisco Symphony Keeping Score |
    Descriptive info: .. Skip to Navigation.. Home.. Television.. Radio.. Education.. Interactive.. About.. Michael Tilson Thomas - Keeping Score - The San Francisco Symphony.. 1.. 2.. 3.. 4.. Login.. or.. register.. to post comments.. Explore The Music.. Composers.. Musical Technique.. History.. Musical Scores.. Staff Picks.. Gustav Mahler.. Origins & Legacy.. Hector Berlioz.. Symphonie fantastique.. Charles Ives.. Holidays Symphony.. Dmitri Shostakovich.. Fifth Symphony.. Ludwig van Beethoven.. 'Eroica'.. Igor Stravinsky.. The Rite of Spring.. Aaron Copland.. Appalachian Spring.. Piotr Tchaikovsky.. Symphony No.. View More Details.. Mahler's Methods.. Piling It On.. Playing in the Shadows.. Beethoven.. Tuning and Keys.. Major and Minor.. Tension With Distance.. Revolutionary Keys.. The Orchestra.. View All Musical Technique Topics.. Mahler the Wanderer.. Memos.. Mémoires—The Idée Fixe.. The American Sound.. Testimony.. The Rite of Spring Players.. Differing Programmes.. A Musical Diary.. View All History Topics.. 3, 'Eroica'.. View All Musical Scores.. A Sonic Goulash.. What’s in a Theme?.. Playing With Tunes.. Slow Movement Pathos.. Singing Along.. MTT: Conduct In 2.. The Score—The Idée Fixe.. Gustav Mahler DVD Wins Prestigious German Award.. Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony s DVD Keeping Score: Mahler Origins and Legacy has been awarded  ...   PRX.. org.. EXPLORE.. Support Keeping Score.. Support.. Keeping Score.. with a gift to the San Francisco Symphony redefining the orchestral music experience with groundbreaking programs.. GIVE NOW.. Support for Keeping Score.. Lead funding for Keeping Score is provided by.. with generous support from Nan Tucker McEvoy,.. The James Irvine Foundation,.. The Andrew W.. Mellon Foundation, Marcia and John Goldman, Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund, the.. National Endowment for the Arts,.. William and Gretchen Kimball Fund, Lisa and John Pritzker, Mrs.. Alfred S.. Wilsey,.. Koret Foundation Funds.. , Lynn and Tom Kiley, Anita and Ronald Wornick, Roselyne Chroman Swig, Margaret Liu Collins and Edward B.. Collins, the Acacia Foundation, Matt Cohler, The Bernard Osher Foundation, Betty and Jack Schafer, Felipe R.. Santiago and Barry T.. Joseph, Mary C.. Falvey, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Dr.. and Mrs.. Jeffrey P.. Hays, Mark Heising and Liz Simons, David and Janyce Hoyt, Laurence and Michèle Corash, Helen Berggruen, and others.. Broadcast Media Partners.. Privacy Policy.. |.. Terms of Use.. SFSymphony.. SFSkids.. Contact Us.. 2011 San Francisco Symphony.. All rights reserved.. Keeping Score is a registered trademark of the San Francisco Symphony..

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  • Title: Keeping Score: Television Series | San Francisco Symphony Keeping Score
    Descriptive info: Part concert, part travelogue, this series featuring Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony continues its search for the inspiration behind some of classical music's greatest works.. - The New York Times.. Browse Shows:.. Watch a preview.. Gustav Mahler:.. Origins and Legacy.. Two episodes on the life and music of Gustav Mahler.. In.. Origins.. Michael Tilson Thomas journeys to the provincial Austro-Hungarian city of Mahler s childhood, traces his musical roots, follows his rise as a young conductor, and, with the help of the San Francisco Symphony, escorts us through the stunning creation and shocking premiere of Mahler s First Symphony.. Legacy.. explores Mahler s grand achievements and great sorrows his career-crowning appointments in Vienna and New York, and the sudden, tragic death of his daughter and shows how his stormy inner life inspired new heights of creativity.. AIR DATE.. June 2011.. COMMENTS.. 18.. TAGS.. Mahler.. ,.. Vienna.. Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No.. 5.. Hidden beneath the surface of his life-saving Symphony No.. 5, Shostakovich may have left a subversive cipher.. In this episode of.. Keeping Score.. , investigate the arresting symphony that would either redeem Shostakovich or condemn him to the Gulag.. What Shostakovich has to say might depend on what you re brave enough to hear.. October 2009.. 5.. Russian.. 20th Century.. Charles Ives:.. Ranging from tender sentiment to savage chaos, the music of early 20th-century composer Charles Ives explores an essentially American riddle:  ...   of Billy the Kid is a tale worth its own string section.. From.. Fanfare for the Common Man.. to.. , Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony pare Copland down to reveal the sound we now recognize as purely American.. November 2006.. 0.. patriotism.. folk tunes.. dance.. Copland.. Stravinsky:.. Savage and primitive, hypnotic and hell-bent, Igor Stravinsky s.. turned Paris into the scene of one of the most astounding opening nights in history.. , the clutching tendrils of the music pull us back through France and Russia to the wild abandon of pagan times.. 1.. Stravinsky.. Russia.. Rite of Spring.. Beethoven:.. Beethoven's Third Symphony laid bare his dreams, his fears, and, at its climax, his rediscovered heroism.. From his early musical rivalries in Vienna to his terrifying duel with deafness, Beethoven reveals the roots of his genius in this episode of.. Eroica.. 19th Century.. MTT on Music: The Making of a Performance.. How can marks on a 150-year-old page transform into the unflinching emotion of Tchaikovsky s 4th Symphony? From decoding the score, to uncovering Tchaikovsky s hidden history, through rehearsals, tuning, and the big bang of opening night, Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) gives us a backstage pass to the making of a performance.. June 2004.. 4.. Tchaikovsky.. MTT.. Find Site Content By Tag.. Score.. 13 days.. march.. experiments.. techniques.. noise.. band.. tunes.. George.. Danbury.. Shostakovich.. Yale.. Charles.. fantastique.. The MTT Files.. Symphonie.. history.. more tags..

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  • Title: Keeping Score Radio | San Francisco Symphony Keeping Score
    Descriptive info: The San Francisco Symphony s new radio series,.. The Keeping Score Series: 13 Days When Music Changed Forever.. , is about musical revolutions about the composers, compositions, and musical movements that changed the way people heard, or thought about, music.. Each program explores the historical backdrop and the musical precursors to the revolutionary change, as well as examine the aftershocks and the lasting influences of that moment in music history.. Produced by Tom Voegeli and hosted by Suzanne Vega, the programs feature interviews by SFS Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, as well as composers, musicologists, writers, and musicians.. Script writers include acclaimed music writers Justin Davidson, Tim Page, Pierre Ruhe and Chloe Veltman, among others.. is supported by a grant from The Andrew W.. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.. 13 Days When Music Changed Forever.. is distributed by the.. WFMT Radio Network.. Explore.. 13 Days When Music Changed Forever - Program 01: February 24, 1607 - The Premiere of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo.. A program about the dawn of opera, but also about secular music becoming through-composed high art (something that had been the exclusive purview of church music).. Up for discussion include precursors to.. L Orfeo.. in Ancient Greece and Rome, as well as Jacopo Perri s.. Euridice.. , written a generation before Monteverdi.. AIR-DATE.. April 2011.. 13 Days When Music Changed Forever - Program 02:.. April 22, 1723 - J.. S.. Bach Appointed Kantor of Leipzig.. An exploration of the Baroque and the never-ending legacy of Bach, through Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Steve Reich, and The Doors Light My Fire.. 13 Days When Music Changed Forever - Program 03: October 29, 1787: The Premiere of Don Giovanni.. With this work, Mozart attains his maturity and writes a masterpiece that dominates opera forever afterwards, echoing in Wagner and beyond.. 13 Days When Music Changed Forever - Program 04: August 8, 1803: Beethoven and the Piano.. The date when Parisian piano maker Sébastien Érard gave one of his sturdy new creations to Beethoven, and the composer was able to set aside his forte piano and write more expressive and emotional music, beginning with the Waldstein Sonata.. New instruments and new technologies have unalterably changed music many times, but the pace of change quickened in the 20th century, with the record player, the computer and the Internet.. 13 Days  ...   When Music Changed Forever - Program 08:.. January 25, 1909: Richard Strauss' "Elektra".. The premiere of Elektra, Richard Strauss s farthest out work and perhaps the only piece from the days of early modernism that retains its ability to shock today.. 13 Days When Music Changed Forever - Program 09:.. May 29, 1913: Premiere of "The Rite of Spring".. The premiere of the ballet, The Rite of Spring.. Stravinsky s completely original instrumentation, rhythms, and his use of dissonance, have made this work one of the most important of the 20th century, not to mention the riot and ensuing scandal that caused this premiere in Paris to be one of the most shocking in all of performance history.. 13 Days When Music Changed Forever - Program 10:.. December 26, 1926: Premiere of "Tapiola".. The premiere of Tapiola, the tone poem by Sibelius, his last major work before 30 years of silence, during which the world waited for an 8th symphony that never came.. Sibelius in his time was seen a nationalist along the lines of Grieg, but we now hear his music as radical and astonishingly prescient.. 13 Days When Music Changed Forever - Program 11:.. January 10, 1931: "Three Places in New England".. Three Places in New England, by Charles Ives, is performed for the first time to mild applause at a concert funded by the composer himself.. Mild applause, but Ives s music was revolutionary.. Before him, American concert music was almost entirely based on European models.. After him, through Copland, Cage and beyond, American classical music found its own voice.. 13 Days When Music Changed Forever - Program 12:.. January 28, 1936: Stalin Condemns "Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk".. The publication in Pravda of the article, Chaos Instead of Music, signaling Stalin s displeasure with Shostakovich s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and leading to the composer s redemption in his 5th Symphony.. A program about Shostakovich and the sometimes mutually beneficial, sometimes terrifying relationship between music and the totalitarian state.. 13 Days When Music Changed Forever - Program 13:.. November 4, 1964: Premiere of Terry Riley's "In C".. The premiere of Terry Riley s In C at the San Francisco Tape Music Center.. This piece, and the minimalist outpouring that it sparked, were a reaction to the rigid strictures of serialism and the stranglehold of the academic composers of the time..

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  • Title: Education | San Francisco Symphony Keeping Score
    Descriptive info: Teaching Through Music.. The.. Education program was developed in conjunction with other.. media in order to extend the benefits of the project into today s classrooms.. The program offered teachers at all levels opportunities to learn about classical music and its connections to the core curriculum, and resources and lesson plans to help teachers integrate music into their classrooms.. On this page you will find resources and lessons developed by.. teachers from school districts in Fresno, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Sonoma Counties in California; in Flagstaff, Arizona; and the Oklahoma A+ Schools.. We welcome you to explore all the ways in which the unique qualities of classical music its ability to express the grandest ideas as well as the most subtle emotions can enhance student learning throughout the curriculum.. Videos:.. Teachers Talk About Keeping Score.. Keeping Score in the Classroom.. Find great lesson plans with connections to core subjects including  ...   San Francisco Symphony and our school and community partners:.. Fresno County Office of Education.. Fresno Philharmonic.. CSU Fresno.. Flagstaff Unified School District.. Coconino County Education Services Agency.. Flagstaff Symphony.. Symphony Silicon Valley.. Oklahoma A+ Schools.. Oklahoma City Philharmonic.. Santa Rosa Symphony.. Arts Council of Sonoma County.. Mentor Showcase.. Lesson Plan Library.. Music and Your Curriculum.. Pathways to Integration.. Go ahead; Jump Right In!.. Keeping Score s education and community programs in.. California.. were launched with the generous support of.. The James Irvine Foundation.. Our Keeping Score teachers continue to amaze us and represent some of our best advocates for this program.. They continue to want more training and professional development and remind us daily of the success and results they are seeing in the classroom with their students.. Keeping Score is a model for not only teaching classical music, but more importantly, an avenue for teaching the whole child.. -Larry Powell, Superintendent..

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  • Title: Interactive | San Francisco Symphony Keeping Score
    Descriptive info: In 1827, Hector Berlioz wrote a fantastic symphony created with a special theme, an.. idée fixe.. , to represent the object of his desire, actress Harriet Smithson.. Follow the sometimes romantic, sometimes grotesque expression of the Harriet theme and learn more about what inspired Berlioz to create his first masterpiece.. Paris.. Coming of age at the dawn of the twentieth century, Charles Ives saw the halcyon days of his youth fading fast.. Not willing to let them go, he invented a striking new musical language to enshrine the feelings and ideals of a simpler time.. But many, shocked by passages like the fireworks in Fourth of July, found his new-fangled methods at odds with the memories he was trying to preserve.. Did Ives go too far? Or did he succeed in turning his memories into music?.. In 1937 Russia, at the height of Stalin s purges, the Communist Party strongly denounced Dmitri Shostakovich s most recent works.. Fearing for his life, the young composer wrote a symphony ending with a rousing march.. Stalin.. Gustav Mahler: A world of experience.. The music of Gustav Mahler reflects the world he lived in from a Bohemian village to glittering world capitals as well as his intensely personal interior experience: his passions, his sufferings, and his ongoing sense of being an outsider.. Mahler filled his symphonic worlds with recurring tunes and rhythms from his past.. Explore the world that inspired Mahler and the music he created.. December 1969.. Igor Stravinsky:.. Hear work that shocked the opening night audiences.. Follow the score and see the ballet, with insights from MTT and musicians of the San Francisco Symphony.. Also hear an interview about the reconstruction of the ballet and costumes with dance historians Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer.. 25.. Piotr Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.. Experience this masterpiece in Tchaikovsky s own words.. Learn about the events and influences that defined his character, his career, and his genius.. See and hear the instruments of the orchestra that Tchaikovsky used in his music.. Aaron Copland:.. Explore the sights, sounds and influences that brought Copland to write music that gave Americans a sense of their own identity and created a truly American sound.. With excerpts from the original 13-instrument version of Appalachian Spring.. 14.. Ludwig van Beethoven:.. Explore the Eroica score to learn how Beethoven created this masterpiece.. Learn how Beethoven wove the themes in Eroica to shape the emotional journey of the music.. Find out why keys were so important to Beethoven.. Hear insights about the music from MTT and the musicians of the San Francisco Symphony.. And then, explore the stories behind the Eroica.. October 2006.. 32.. Gustav Mahler: Mahler's Methods.. Mahler said Composing is like playing with building blocks, continually making new buildings from the same old blocks.. Explore some of the most intriguing of Mahler's musical procedures.. Austro-Hungarian Empire.. Prague.. New York.. Ives: Technique III:.. George Ives was Danbury s bandmaster, and he was always trying quirky new musical ideas.. One of the most famous was an extreme version of his piano experiments.. He had two bands march toward each other, playing different songs in different keys and tempos just so he could hear what would happen when they collided In this experiment, see for yourself how it sounds when the two different marches collide.. Ives: Technique IV:.. One of the things George Ives asked the young Charlie to do was to sing very famous melodies while he accompanied him in a totally different key.. He had to hold his own.. In this experiment, stretch your own ears by singing My Country Tis of Thee in one key while the pianist plays it in another.. Berlioz: Orchestration - The.. Idée Fixe.. The instruments of the orchestra fall into four major families: strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion.. See a picture of the instruments used in Berlioz s orchestra; hear the sound of that instrument and see the members of the orchestra talking about their own experiences in music.. 2.. violin.. viola.. piccolo.. Orchestra.. oboe.. Instruments.. flute.. cornet.. clarinet.. Ives: Technique I:.. Playing with Tunes.. To George Ives, real music was made when people sang.. He loved their enthusiasm, and he didn't care that they didn't always hit the pitches just right.. One of his favorite experiments was to play a tune on glasses filled with just the right amount of water to make those inbetween tones.. In this experiment, create your own inbetween tones.. See how they change the feeling of the tune.. Ives: Technique II:.. Father had a kind of natural interest in sounds of every kind, everywhere, known or unknown, measured as such or not, and this led him into positions or situations that made some of the townspeople call him a crank.. One of the crank-like things George Ives would do was to play his cornet from different spots on the pond, exploring the relationship between distance and sound.. This experiment recreates his experiment, playing with the sound of a band on shore and a lone trumpeter playing Taps.. Shostakovich: Symphony Number 5.. Investigations.. INVESTIGATING specific compositional techniques Shostakovich uses can help us better understand his musical language.. Musical Precedent.. The way Shostakovich introduces his first motives gives us a hint as to their meaning.. As the movement progresses, however, he transforms these motives in dramatic ways, changing things like tempo, instrumentation, dynamics, setting.. Does doing so change their meanings as well?.. Stravinsky: MTT on Meter and Conducting.. Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas talks directly to you about rhythm and meter, demonstrating how to conduct in 2, 3, and 4-5.. Then, try your hand at conducting in this unique interactive game.. rhythm.. meter.. conducting.. Stravinsky: MTT on Meter: Conduct In 2.. Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas demonstrates how he conducts a section of The Rite of Spring in 2.. Stravinsky: MTT on Meter: Conduct In 3.. Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas demonstrates how he conducts a section of The Rite of Spring in 3.. Stravinsky: MTT on Meter: Conduct In 4 & 5.. Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas demonstrates how he conducts a section of The Rite of Spring in 4-5.. Afterwards, he recalls his experience with Stravinsky's unorthodox conducting style.. Ballet.. Part 1.. The Score to The Rite of Spring, Part I, annotated and presented with sketches from the choreographic reconstruction by Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer.. Millicent Hodson.. choreography.. Ballet.. Part 2.. The second part opens with the Mystic Circles of the Maidens and ends with the Sacrificial Dance.. Excerpts present the music, choreography and incredible scenery of Stravinsky s score and of the ballet.. Click What s going on to hear reconstructionist Millicent Hodson describe the movement in the ballet.. Beethoven: What’s in a Theme?.. In Symphony No.. 3, first movement, Beethoven builds the first theme from three basic motives.. See how these motives construct the theme, and then how Beethoven expands and augments the theme throughout the movement.. theme.. melody.. Beethoven: A Revolutionary Use of Key.. Beethoven had strong feelings about the meaning of each individual key signature.. Explore how the character and relationship of keys used in Beethoven s music changed the sound and meaning of the music.. keys.. harmony.. Beethoven: Keys Have Character.. Beethoven: Tuning and Keys.. In Beethoven s time, instruments were  ...   ended his symphony with a march, a guaranteed Stalin favorite.. But the score reveals details that may suggest a less-than celebratory finale.. Berlioz:.. III.. Scene in the Fields.. Here Berlioz wrote of his artist protagonist: Finding himself one evening in the country, he hears in the distance two shepherds piping a ranz des vaches in dialogue.. This pastoral duet, the scenery, the quiet rustling of the trees gently brushed by the wind, the hopes he has recently found some reason to entertain, all concur in affording his heart an unaccustomed calm, and in giving a more cheerful color to his ideas.. pastoral.. IV.. March to the Scaffold.. The drama unfolds: Convinced that his love is unappreciated, the artist poisons himself with opium.. The dose of the narcotic, too weak to kill him, plunges him into a sleep accompanied by the most horrible visions.. He dreams that he has killed his beloved, that he is condemned and led to the scaffold, and that he is witnessing his own execution.. funeral.. V.. Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath.. More nightmare than dream, as Berlioz describes: [The artist] sees himself at the sabbath, in the midst of a frightful troop of ghosts, sorcerers, monsters of every kind, come together for his funeral.. Strange noises, groans, bursts of laughter, distant cries which other cries seem to answer.. The idée fixe has turned grotesque and the movement finishes with violence and frenzy.. dream.. I.. Reveries, Passions.. Berlioz gives this version of the.. , which comes near the end of the movement, a completely different character--one of passionate frenzy--by changing the orchestration, dynamics and phrasing.. 8.. II.. A Ball.. In this movement the story continues: The artist finds himself in the most varied situations in the midst of the tumult of a party, in the peaceful contemplation of the beauties of nature; but everywhere, in town, in the country, the beloved image appears before him and disturbs his peace of mind.. 7.. Ives:.. A Symphony: New England Holidays.. Thanksgiving And Forefathers' Day.. A church organist for many years, Ives was impressed by the power of a simple hymn, especially when sung by a chorus of untrained voices.. I remember, when I was a boy, he said, when things like 'The Shining Shore' and the like were sung by thousands of 'let out' souls.. There was power and exaltation in these great conclaves of sound from humanity.. 1st Movement - A Telling Opening Theme.. Composers often build first themes from pregnant filled with possibilities for what the symphony is about.. What can we learn from the motives that comprise Shostakovich s first theme?.. THE SCORE REVEALS the different techniques Berlioz used to paint an ever-changing portrait of his muse as the Symphony progresses.. Washington's Birthday.. Growing up as the son of a bandleader, Charles Ives was always surrounded by music.. He learned early on the power of popular tunes to bring back thoughts of people, places, events, even feelings.. One of his favorite techniques was to quote bits of tunes his audience would know to evoke the memories they shared.. But many found the way he quoted them quite shocking.. Decoration Day.. Like his father, Charles liked to replicate the natural way that sound occurred.. One of his favorite techniques was to place one or two instruments apart from the rest of the orchestra, as if to capture a fleeting thought from the recesses of one's memory.. According to Ives, these instruments should always be kept at a much lower intensity than the other parts, standing in the background as a kind of shadow to the others.. The Fourth Of July.. Ives portrayed his memories as a jumble of seemingly independent sounds, riffs, and tunes, all layered on top of each other.. I wrote this, Ives said of The Fourth of July, feeling free to remember local things etc.. , and put in as many feelings and rhythms as I wanted to put together.. And I did what I wanted to, quite sure that the thing would never be played, and perhaps could never be played.. Part I - Adoration of the Earth.. After a difficult winter, the world awakens to spring.. Eight excerpts starting with the opening and ending in the the Dance of the Earth.. Mouse over the markups to learn more about key moments in this movement.. Click Learn More to see sketches from the choreography and to hear a narrative of the ballet by ballet reconstructionist Millicent Hodson.. Part II - The Sacrifice.. Seven excerpts present the music, choreography and incredible scenery of Stravinsky s score and of the ballet.. Beethoven: Symphony No.. 3,.. Allegro con brio.. Excerpts of the score to Beethoven s Eroica with video notations in the score, and explorations of theme and Beethoven s use of key.. Five excerpts present critical moments in the first movement.. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai.. The moving second movement is shown in four annotated interactive excerpts.. This Funeral March is a powerful musical evocation of the massive state funerals of the French Revolution.. As we see the procession pass before us we ask ourselves the question, who has really died here?.. Scherzo: Allegro vivace.. The Third movement is all about play, as can be seen and heard in two short excerpts.. Amidst the abundance of the fields and vineyards, Beethoven composes his own harvest of joy and affirmation, a renewed embrace of life in all its richness and mystery.. Finale: Allegro molto.. Six excerpts to the triumphant Fourth movement.. Here we have Beethoven the showman, the ultimate improviser who can turn even the most inconsequential of themes into the basis for a masterwork.. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.. 1st Movement.. Tchaikovsky wrote of the opening of the Fourth Symphony: The Introduction is the kernel of the whole symphony, unquestionably its main idea: this is Fate, the force of destiny, which ever prevents our pursuit of happiness from reaching its goal, which jealously stands watch lest our peace and well-being be full and cloudless.. fate.. 2nd Movement.. Tchaikovsky describes the Second movement as a series of bittersweet emotions evoked by reflecting on the past.. He tells of being overtaken by childhood memories that bring feelings of intimate familiarity and yet, at the same time, irretrievable distance.. 3rd Movement.. Tchaikovsky s description of the Third movement underscores his abilities as a scene painter, even in a work that has no specific plot.. It is in these moments that his imagination is most playful, witty, and free.. 4th Movement.. The Finale is a culmination of the emotional scenarios in the three preceding movements.. An individual has felt isolation in a crowd, but can still find gratification from the people around him.. The dynamic between loneliness and fulfillment is both a universal human condition and a reflection of the deepest conflict in Tchaikovsky s own life.. For Teachers.. Education offers teachers at all levels opportunities to learn about classical music and its connections to the core curriculum, and resources and lesson plans to help teachers integrate music into their classrooms.. The unique qualities of classical music its ability to express the grandest ideas as well as the most subtle emotions offer teachers a powerful tool with which to enhance student learning throughout the curriculum.. LEARN MORE..

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  • Title: About Keeping Score™ | San Francisco Symphony Keeping Score
    Descriptive info: About Keeping Score™.. Keeping Score provides innovative, thought-provoking classical music content on PBS television, the radio, the web, and through an education program, a national model for classroom arts integration for K-12 teachers.. Keeping Score Components Include:.. TELEVISION SERIES on PBS.. Through nine one-hour documentaries, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony trace the lives of eight influential composers from around the world.. Michael Tilson Thomas explores the motivations and influences behind major classical works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Copland, Stravinsky, Berlioz, Ives, Shostakovich, and Mahler.. Each episode is accompanied by a one-hour concert program by the San Francisco Symphony.. WEB SITE:.. www.. keepingscore.. The Keeping Score web site is designed to give people of all musical backgrounds an opportunity to explore the music and life of the composers featured in the.. television series in depth, and at their own pace.. Extensive audio, video, and critically acclaimed interactive material explores each composer s scores and pertinent musical techniques as well as the personal and historical stories behind them in a user-friendly way.. The site is designed to appeal particularly to high school, college and university music appreciation students and their teachers, and its interactive learning tools offer a unique and in-depth online learning experience.. The site also includes a historical timeline that takes users deeper into the eight individual composers political, social, and cultural milieus as well as downloadable lesson plans created by teachers who have experienced the.. Education program.. RADIO SERIES.. Keeping Score s new radio series.. debuted in 2011 with thirteen one-hour episodes about composers, compositions or musical movements that changed the way people heard, or thought about, music.. Each program explores the historical backdrop and musical precursors to the revolutionary change, as well as examines the aftershock and the lasting influences of that moment in music history.. Producer Tom Voegeli and host Suzanne Vega return to join Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, collaborators on the Peabody Award-winning.. The MTT Files.. and.. American Mavericks.. radio programs, some of the most listened-to classical music programs of all time.. Script writers include acclaimed music writers Justin Davidson,  ...   Hall in San Francisco.. The San Francisco Symphony is the first orchestra to distribute its product on Blu-Ray disc.. Home video products are available through the San Francisco Symphony s online store at.. shopsfsymphony.. and retail outlets worldwide.. can also be viewed on the.. PBS video player.. and leading digital distribution channels, including iTunes, Zune, and others.. CONTACT.. Inquiries may be directed to.. You need JavaScript to see my email address.. SUPPORT FOR KEEPING SCORE.. Lead funding for Keeping Score is provided by:.. , The Andrew W.. National Endowment for the Arts.. , William and Gretchen Kimball Fund, Lisa and John Pritzker, Mrs.. About Keeping Score.. Biographies.. In the News.. Products.. Credits Acknowledgements.. [The Keeping Score programs] are, hands down, the best classical-music programs of their kind to be aired nationally in the U.. since Leonard Bernstein s Young People s Concerts.. [Michael Tilson Thomas] is the finest American conductor of his generation, and the only one who learned the lessons of Leonard Bernstein, using them to turn the San Francisco Symphony into the most adventurous, audience-friendly orchestra in America.. Terry Teachout,.. The Wall Street Journal.. Playing music well is difficult, yet the world has an abundance of fine performers.. Explaining a little about music is easier, yet few do it well.. Those who can do both supremely form a tiny club, whose honorary chairman is the conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.. Justin Davidson,.. Newsday.. The MTT Files [is] an illuminating and often profound look at the way classical music informs many of the larger concerns of our day, such as who we are as Americans and who owns music.. Mark Swed,.. Los Angeles Times.. [MTT] has turned the San Francisco Symphony into an admirable education enterprise.. The orchestra offers workshops and resources for K-12 teachers.. It has produced flashy TV shows on Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Stravinsky and Copland, all out on DVD and including some fine performances, plenty of scenic travelogue shots and rapid-fire morsels of information.. If all the fast cutting isn't fast enough, a website.. provides many of the small segments for those who like to click for tidbits..

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  • Title: Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique | San Francisco Symphony Keeping Score
    Descriptive info: Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique.. Music Fueled By Desire.. The subject of this musical drama was none other than my love for Miss Smithson and the anguish and bad dreams it had brought me.. Listen.. Watch Video.. Michael Tilson Thomas.. Was Hector Berlioz writing music to get over his obsession with his distant love, Harriet Smithson?.. Was this symphony his way of saying goodbye, or even seeking revenge?.. Or was it instead his impassioned valentine to  ...   playing Ophelia in a production of.. Hamlet.. Hopelessly smitten, he turned his entire life upside down to meet her.. Frantic months turned into years when he suddenly heard rumors about Harriet and another man.. Believing himself cured, he wrote a fantastic symphony complete with a special theme, the.. , to represent his former obsession.. Examine his musical portraits of Harriet to find out:.. The Score.. The Orchestration.. The Programme.. The Mémoires.. Impressions.. Epilogue.. Explore Other Composers..

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  • Title: Charles Ives: Holidays Symphony | San Francisco Symphony Keeping Score
    Descriptive info: Charles Ives: Holidays Symphony.. Music made from memories.. What is most striking is the contrast between the homely program attached to the piece and the incredibly complex means for achieving it.. writing about Ives s.. Holidays.. Symphony.. Fireworks excerpt from.. But many, shocked by passages like the.. fireworks.. in Fourth of July, found his new-fangled methods at odds with the memories he was trying to preserve.. Examine.. the evidence.. to find out:.. Father's Experiments.. Reactions..

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  • Title: Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 | San Francisco Symphony Keeping Score
    Descriptive info: Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No.. MUSIC BORN OF FEAR.. I think it is clear to everyone what happens in the Fifth.. The rejoicing is forced, created under threat.. It s as if someone were beating you with a stick and saying, Your business is rejoicing, your business is rejoicing.. words  ...   Fourth Movement Coda.. But to many, the triumph rang hollow.. Even today, people wonder just what Shostakovich was trying to say.. Was the symphony meant to celebrate Stalin s regime? Or did it contain hidden messages protesting the very system it seemed to support?.. Inspect.. the controversial evidence.. Opinions..

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  • Title: User account | San Francisco Symphony Keeping Score
    Descriptive info: User account.. Create new account.. Log in.. Request new password.. Username:.. *.. Enter your San Francisco Symphony Keeping Score username.. Password:.. Enter the password that accompanies your username..

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  • Title: A world of experience: Gustav Mahler | San Francisco Symphony Keeping Score
    Descriptive info: A World of Experience.. The symphony must be a world.. It must embrace everything.. Travel Through.. Mahler s World:.. 1860 - 1880.. The Wanderer.. 1880 - 1897.. In the City of Music.. 1897 - 1907.. Farewell.. 1907 - 1911.. Playing with Blocks.. Mahler's Legacy: Epilogue.. The music of Gustav Mahler reflects the breadth of his experience in the rapidly-changing world of the.. fin-de-siècle:.. both geographically from a Bohemian village to glittering world capitals and artistically as poet, conductor, and composer.. It also reflects the depth of his interior experience: his passions, his sufferings, and his ongoing sense of being an  ...   he embraced low musical traditions as part of the elevated symphonic tradition in a way that many listeners found challenging, even grotesque, upon first hearing.. Why and how did Mahler weave this material into grand symphonic worlds? What meaning do his musical memories have? When they reappear in a new work, how have they changed? How can a performer or conductor re-weave it all into a coherent musical whole? And what does it mean for audiences today?.. play.. pause.. First Symphony, fourth movement.. Play.. Loading the player.. MTT on Mahler's musical worlds.. Gustav Mahler - A World of Experience.. Mellon Foundation..

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