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Introduction: Overtures and Preludes (03:28)

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Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in the concert. Overtures combine music with theater and create mood.

"Semiramide": Introduction (03:29)

Bernstein explains aspects of the overture. The New York Philharmonic plays examples of crescendo and allegro that comprise a Gioachino Rossini composition.

"Semiramide": Rossini (09:27)

Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in the overture.

"Leonore No. 3": Introduction (02:31)

Great artists are hard to satisfy. Bernstein describes how Ludwig van Beethoven wrote four overtures for the opera that became "Fidelio." The New York Philharmonic plays the composition.

Overture to "Leonore No. 3": Beethoven (13:17)

Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in the overture.

Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun": Introduction (03:05)

Preludes are played at symphony concerts rather than operas. Overtures have different tempos. The composition by Claude Debussy conjures images of a summer afternoon.

"Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun": Debussy (10:27)

Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in the overture.

Overture to "Candide": Bernstein (05:49)

Bernstein conducts the New York philharmonic in the overture to an American Broadway musical comedy.

Credits: Overtures and Preludes (00:51)

Credits: Overtures and Preludes

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Overtures and Preludes

Part of the Series : Young People's Concerts
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Bernstein says that part of the excitement of an overture is the theatrical element. An overture is an opening piece designed to be played in a musical theater before the curtain goes up. A prelude is usually shorter than an overture, and usually doesn't have different parts. It is played all in the same tempo. After defining the terms, Bernstein analyzes and conducts the overture to the opera Semiramide by Rossini and then the Leonore Overture No. 3 by Beethoven. To illustrate a prelude, he conducts Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. The program closes with a performance of the overture to Bernstein's Candide.

Length: 54 minutes

Item#: BVL192739

Copyright date: ©1961

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