Prague, Paris, and Cologne
This is a marvelous example of composers finding inspiration in the culture and vibrant life of three major European cities. Mozart enjoyed a “love-at-first-sight” relationship with his Prague audience; Martinů flourished as an artist in Paris where he lived for 17 years, and Schumann found one of his most poignant musical depictions evoking the majestic architectural wonders of Cologne’s Cathedral in his Rhenish Symphony.
Marvel at why Chagall picked two fascinating stories to include in his artwork at the Paris Opera Garnier: Orpheus from the Greek mythology, and Boris Godunov from the ever compelling Russian history. If that is not enough to awaken your musical curiosity, maybe you will want to hear live the last and one of the best symphonies that Prokofiev wrote, and Brahms’s Violin Concerto, one of the most beautiful solo works ever created for violin and orchestra.
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