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"Don Quixote": Plot (04:29)

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This will be Leonard Bernstein's last season as musical director of the New York Philharmonic. The tonal poem by Richard Strauss is based on the novel by Miguel de Cervantes and is subtitled "Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character."

Main Themes of "Don Quixote" (04:09)

The main musical theme is six notes that do not appear in a simple form until the end of the composition. Bernstein describes the various metamorphoses that occur throughout the musical piece.

Music for Characters (07:22)

Bernstein demonstrates the musical chords that portray Dulcinea. In the introduction, Don Quixote is resolved to become a knight and sets out on an adventure. The tenor tuba, bass clarinet, and solo viola represent Sancho Panza.

"Don Quixote": Variation I (04:37)

The themes for each character blend as Don Quixote's adventure commences. Bernstein's favorite moment occurs when the windmill arms continue to turn as Don Quixote lays on the ground. The New York Philharmonic plays the selection from Strauss' composition.

"Don Quixote": Variation II (02:28)

Don Quixote believes a large flock of sheep are the massed armies of Emperor Alifanfaron. Panza doubts the victory. Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in the excerpt from Strauss' composition.

"Don Quixote": Variation III (05:01)

Sancho and the Don Quixote discuss the benefits and drawbacks to chivalry. Don Quixote defends his knighthood. Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in the excerpt from Strauss' composition.

"Don Quixote": Variation IV (03:08)

Don Quixote believes a procession of pilgrims is dangerous and attacks but is knocked senseless. Panza has sympathy for his master but cannot keep from laughing. Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in the excerpt from Strauss' composition.

"Don Quixote": Variation V and VI (07:13)

Don Quixote keeps an all-night vigil over his armor, meditating on the ruthlessness of reality. As dawn breaks, he convinces himself a common girl is Dulcinea transformed by a wicked magician. Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in the excerpt from Strauss' composition.

"Don Quixote": Variation VII (03:11)

The rest of the variations are a series of disasters, delusions, and defeats. Don Quixote believes his horse can fly them through space. Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in the excerpt from Strauss' composition.

"Don Quixote": Finale (08:15)

Don Quixote loses his campaign against evil and returns home defeated. Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in the finale from Strauss' composition.

Credits: Fantastic Variations (00:54)

Credits: Fantastic Variations

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Fantastic Variations

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Bernstein discusses and conducts excerpts from Richard Strauss' Don Quixote, subtitled Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character.

Length: 52 minutes

Item#: BVL192734

Copyright date: ©1968

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