March 4th
Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra: Romantic Reflections


Romanticism in music took many shapes, including a big, rich orchestral sound, lush harmonies, and extremes of musical expression. All can be found in tonights selections.

Tchaikovskys music opens the program with the Polonaise from the opera Eugene Onegin. Typical of Tchaikovskys dances, the Polonaise is a tuneful, catchy dance, played by a large Romantic orchestra.

A style of music called Strurm and Drang [Storm and Stress] developed in the 18th-century became a precursor to 19th century Romanticism. The impassioned emotions of Joseph Haydns Symphony no. 88 in G-major, illustrate these characteristics.

The central piece on the program is Anton Bruckners Symphony no. 4, Romantic (1874), which has broad dimensions, an expansive form, and deep expressivity.

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