VCS Radio Symphony LIVE at VPAT Tuesday May 3rd at 7:30pm
The students of the VCS radio Symphony have been working hard preparing an amazing program for you!!
This concert we'll feature --
Richard Strauss' Till Eulenspiegel
We programmed this to kick our butts technically and we certainly succedded in that :) Oh my!!
I think the hardest part of performing this iconic comedy is the interpretation of the ending. The kids are having a heated debate about the curious musical ending. "Did Till really die or did he find a clever way to escape his execution?" Most of the kids seem believe he escaped, -- a hopeful interpretation. A few believe he died but was soon replaced by another young man to carry on the mischief at the marketplace -- kind of a never-ending cycle.
Strauss wrote of his work:
"Up the ladder; There he swings; he gasps for air; a last convulsion; The mortal part of Till is no more."
but he also wrote:
"... For the rest, let the merry citizens of Cologne guess at the musical joke that a rogue has offered them!" That might suggest Till too clever to succumb to his death sentence or that Strauss is too clever a rogue to give us the answer... I want to believe the latter... :) Hmmm... something else to keep me up nights...
We'll also be performing --
John Williams' Star Wars main title transcription
We programmed this because... well... because it's STAR WARS!! :)