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Delibes: Coppelia, J.Brahms Symphony No 2

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Sun 08 Oct 15:30 - 20:00

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Clément Philibert Léo Delibes: Coppélia - Les heures du soir
Giuseppe Verdi: Les Vepres siciliennes
J Brahms: Symphony No 2

Keio University School of Medicine Orchestra
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1) For the Coffee & Cake time joiners
• Meeting Time 15:30
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2) For those who would like to skip the coffee & Cake time
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15:30 Meeting time for the Coffee & Cake joiners
17:00 (for those who will skip group the Coffee time) Meeting time
17:00 Line up
17:30 Door Open
18:00 Concert Start
20:00 Concert Close

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Coppélia (sometimes subtitled: The Girl With The Enamel Eyes) is a comic balletoriginally choreographed by Arthur Saint-Léon to the music of Léo Delibes, with libretto by Charles-Louis-Étienne Nuitter. Nuitter's libretto and mise-en-scène was based upon two stories by E. T. A. Hoffmann: Der Sandmann (The Sandman) and Die Puppe (The Doll). In Greek, κοπελιά means girl, young lady. Coppélia premiered on 25 May Protected content the Théâtre Impérial l'Opéra, with the 16-year-old Giuseppina Bozzacchi in the principal role of Swanhilda. The costumes were designed by Paul Lormier and Alfred Albert, the scenery by Charles-Antoine Cambon (Act I, scene 1; Act II, scene 1), and Édouard Desplechin and Jean-Baptiste Lavastre (Act I, scene 2).
The ballet's first flush of success was interrupted by the Franco-Prussian War and the Siege of Paris (which also led to the early death of Giuseppina Bozzacchi, on her 17th birthday), but eventually it became the most-performed ballet at the Opéra.
Modern-day productions are traditionally derived from the revivals staged by Marius Petipa for the Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg in the late 19th century. Petipa's choreography was documented in the Stepanov method of choreographic notation at the turn of the 20th century. These notations were later used to stage the St. Petersburg version for such companies as the Vic-Wells Ballet (precursor of today's Royal Ballet).

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Les vêpres siciliennes
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Verdi's Italian language translation
An Italian libretto was quickly prepared under Verdi's supervision by the poet Ettore Caimi. The composer was aware that in Italy at that time, it was not possible to retain the Sicilian location, as he notes to his publisher Giulio Ricordi in April Protected content "I shall...(change) the subject so as to render it acceptable for Italian theatres". Scribe's suggestions for changing the location – "that the Duke of Alba should just pack his bags once more and move to Lisbon" – it became set in Portugal in Protected content a time when that country was under Spanish rule. The title became Giovanna de Guzman, but "for censorship reasons it was known variously as Giovanna Braganza, Giovanna di Sicilia, and even Batilde di Turenna", notes Charles Osborne.
Overall, Verdi was not happy with the translation, which Budden regards as "one of the worst ever perpetrated. However, some improvements were made when the opera reverted to its translated Italian title after Protected content .

In Italy, this version, along with the ballet, was first performed at the Teatro Regio in Parma on 26 December Protected content , during the Protected content season, the Italian version was performed nine times, although not without objections to the inclusion of the ballet. Finally, by July Protected content , Verdi sanctioned the removal of the thirty-minute ballet, and, with rare exceptions, this has remained the case. The UK premiere took place on 27 July Protected content the Drury Lane Theatre in London while on 7 November of that year, it appeared at the Academy of Music in New York.

After Protected content , in the new post-unification era, it reverted to its translated Italian title, I vespri siciliani and it is under that title and in that version that the opera is most commonly performed today.

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Symphony No. 2 (Brahms)
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Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73, was composed by Johannes Brahms in the summer of Protected content , during a visit to Pörtschach am Wörthersee, a town in the Austrian province of Carinthia. Its composition was brief in comparison with the 21 years it took Brahms to complete his First Symphony.

The symphony is scored for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, and strings.
The cheery and almost pastoral mood of the symphony often invites comparisons with Beethoven's Sixth Symphony, but, perhaps mischievously, Brahms wrote to his publisher on November 22, Protected content , that the symphony "is so melancholy that you will not be able to bear it. I have never written anything so sad, and the score must come out in mourning."

The premiere was given in Vienna on December 30, Protected content the Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of Hans Richter; Walter Frisch notes that it had originally been scheduled for December 9, but "in one of those little ironies of music history, it had to be postponed [because] the players were so preoccupied with learning Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner."[3] A typical performance lasts between 40 and 50 minutes.

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Carlos Kleiber - Wiener Philharmoniker