Act II: Upon a Winter’s Day

February 2, 2020

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6 for Flute and Bassoon by Heitor Villa-Lobos
An evocation of the sounds of the rain forest and an homage to Bach

Quintet for Oboe and String Quartet by Arthur Bliss
An intricate and serious work, commissioned by Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge as Bliss was expanding his classical career while writing music for film and ballet

Quartet in C Major, Op. 59 No. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
The last of three magnificent quartets commissioned by the Russian Ambassador to Vienna, Count Andreas Razumovsky

The Stories

Heitor Villa-Lobos was largely self-taught on clarinet, cello and guitar. As a teenager, after his father’s untimely death, he supported his family by playing in theater and cinema orchestras. In 1958, Villa-Lobos was commissioned by MGM to write the score for the movie Green Mansionsand he conducted the soundtrack.

Arthur Bliss’ eight film scores and several successful ballets in the 1920s and ‘30s led him to a job as Director of Music for the BBC in the early 1940s, and a knighthood in 1950.