SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Lifestyle

April 18, 2013

Feel like dancing

Symphony by the Sea's upcoming concert features pieces with a 'dancelike' quality

The first audience to hear Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, in 1813, liked the second movement so much they made the orchestra stop and play it again.

Those musical themes should be just as thrilling next Thursday, when Symphony by the Sea plays Beethoven’s Seventh at Abbot Hall in Marblehead, and on Sunday, when they play it again at The Governor’s Academy in Byfield.

But in choosing Beethoven’s work for their spring concert, conductor Don Palma was drawn to another aspect of his music, elements that led Richard Wagner to describe it as “the apotheosis of the dance.”

“He just heard this as a very strong and visceral kind of dancelike symphony,” Palma said.

After making the 7th the center of his program, Palma searched for other pieces that fit Wagner’s description and used the latter as a title for the concert as a whole.

“I thought I’d take some of Mozart’s ballet music, in one of his early operas, ‘Idomeneo,’” Palma said. “Mozart was imitating Gluck, who would include ballet in his operas. This is the finale.”

He also chose Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, which was first performed in 1845 and was one of the composer’s last orchestral pieces.

“The last movement was very influenced by folk music and dance,” Palma said. “He did many walking tours around Europe and was taken by dance music he heard.”

Of the three compositions, only Mozart’s was written to accompany a specific dance, but they all share the qualities that Wagner identified in Beethoven’s symphony.

“There’s something visceral and engaging about the rhythm,” Palma said. “They’re not just relating to the melodies. There’s something about this music — both the ‘Idomeneo’ and the last movement of the Mendelssohn and the outer movements of the Beethoven — that gets under your skin and makes you want to move.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Lifestyle
  • North Shore religion calendar Saturday, April 19 Easter Bunny Breakfast & Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. to noon, Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. The youth groups of Northshore and Beverly Unitarian Universalist churches will hold an Easter breakfast and egg

    April 19, 2014

  • North Shore religion news in brief The Rev. Marya DeCarlen has been named the new, full-time priest in charge at All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore in Danvers. DeCarlen's ministry with the parish begins Sunday, April 27. Her appointment comes after the church's yearlong in

    April 19, 2014

  • Dear Abby: Teenage girl’s boyish figure is often deceiving to others Dear Abby: I'm a 14-year-old girl with a problem. Because of my buzzed short hair, slim hips and flat chest, I frequently get mistaken for a boy. It really bothers me because, despite my haircut and body shape, I have a feminine face and I wear women

    April 19, 2014

  • This weekend's Best Bets Best Bets for Saturday and Sunday, April 19 and 20

    Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Vet Connection: Is it OK to give a dog a bone? We have all seen the cartoons and commercials depicting dogs burying bones and stashing them away for later. Unfortunately, most pet owners are completely unaware of the significant risks and problems that are associated with feeding dogs these treat

    April 18, 2014

  • Ask Dog Lady: Why is my dog fascinated with burying things? Dear Dog Lady, My dog came across a dead cat at the park and proceeded to bury the cat with surrounding leaves by using her nose and pushing the leaves over the dead cat. Two days later, we went back to the park, and she found the dead cat again and

    April 18, 2014

  • ed Ipswich author to share drawing techniques Most of Ed Emberley's 80 children's books, 20 of which are still in print, have one goal in mind. "Showing the kids you can draw; everybody can draw something," he said. "They get encouragement from working with the simplest thing." Emberley will giv

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • holtenhouse Quick pick 'Voices From the Back Stairs' Jennifer Pustz of Historic New England presents "Voices From the Back Stairs" tomorrow at 2, at the Judge Samuel Holten House, 171 Holten St., Danvers. In her presentation, Pustz explores domestic service in 19th- and 20

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dear Abby: Assistant’s gruff attitude needs to be smoothed out Dear Abby: How do I deal with an assistant who keeps calling me a "brown-noser"? She did it again yesterday at a staff meeting in front of my boss and another assistant. It was the third time she has said it. She is gruff and rude, and several people

    April 18, 2014

  • Friday's Best Bets Best Bets for Friday, April 18

    Looking for something to do today? Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

NDN Video
Comments Tracker