Song of the Week
Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein
There is something about a composer conducting one of his own compositions. I have always wondered what it’s like. It’s HIS piece of music. Those are HIS chords, HIS melodies, HIS transitions. He spends weeks, months, maybe even years if he’s Beethoven or Brahms, crafting his composition. He knows it inside and out. God gave it to HIM, not to anybody else. Watching Lenny conduct one of his own pieces gives me chills. He is in complete control. Just look at him… He’s so comfortable. He knows exactly how to execute the piece. He knows what it’s capable of, just as a mother knows what her child is capable of.
Last weekend, I attended a Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert. It was their 20th annual “Salute to America” concert where they play tunes by American composers in honor of Independence Day. Their first tune was this overture. I never heard Lenny’s masterpiece performed live before, so this concert was especially touching. The DSO did a wonderful job! Not only with the overture, but with all of the pieces they played!
I hope that you all enjoy this wonderful piece of music! Let it speak to you as you would any other song.
Hopefully the heat isn’t too bad for everyone! It got into the hundreds here this past week. I’m not complaining!! Stay cool
-Live and love your life!
Posted on July 7, 2012, in Song of the Week and tagged Candide, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra Salute to America, Overture to Candide Leonard Bernstein. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.