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Program Eleven • In the Shadow of the Cold War

August 14, 2022

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Alongside the Variations on a Theme of Corelli (La folia), the sole solo piano piece of Rachmaninoff’s years in Western exile, Program Eleven considers his legacy on both sides of the Atlantic.

In Russia, his influence could be heard in the work of both Nikolay Myaskovsky, the five-time Stalin Prize-winner dubbed the “Father of the Soviet Symphony,” and Dmitry Kabalevsky, who helped establish the Union of Soviet Composers.

Similarly, elements of Rachmaninoff’s aesthetic were shared by the barrier-breaking Florence Price, several of whose songs are reminiscent of Rachmaninoff’s own, and by little-remembered polymath Abram Chasins, a friend whose work he much admired, as well as by such architects of the American sound as Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber.

1 pm Preconcert Talk
1:30 pm Performance: 
Allegra Chapman & Orion Weiss, piano; Mané Galoyan, soprano; Luosha Fang, violin; and others

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)
Variations on a Theme of Corelli (La folia), Op. 42 (1931); songs

Nikolay Myaskovsky (1881–1950)
Violin Sonata in F major, Op. 70 (1947)

Samuel Barber (1910–81)
Sonata in E-flat minor, Op. 26 (1949)

Piano works and songs by Florence Price (1887–1953); Aaron Copland (1900–1990); Abram Chasins (1903–87); and Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904–87)


The 2022 SummerScape season is made possible in part by the generous support of Jeanne Donovan Fisher, the Martin and Toni Sosnoff Foundation, the Advisory Boards of the Fisher Center at Bard and Bard Music Festival, and Fisher Center and Bard Music Festival members. The 2022 Bard Music Festival has received funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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