Beethoven and Nazaykinskaya: Symphonic Firsts

Polina Nazaykinskaya, composer

Polina Nazaykinskaya, composer

Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 4pm
Central Lutheran Church
333 South 12th Street, Minneapolis, MN

William Schrickel, conductor
Polina Nazaykinskaya, composer
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 1 in C major, op. 21
Polina Nazaykinskaya – Symphony No. 1 April Song (World Premiere of MSO Commission)

The world premiere of Russian American composer Polina Nazaykinskaya’s First Symphony, commissioned by the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in honor of Music Director William Schrickel, is paired on this program with the Symphony No. 1 of Beethoven. Beethoven was 29 years old when his First Symphony was premiered in Vienna in 1800, five years after Haydn had composed the last of his 104 symphonies. Beethoven’s initial foray into the symphonic form marked the start of his compositional journey that progressed through startling, revelatory, and revolutionary changes in the concept of what defined “a symphony,” and culminated twenty-four years later in the premiere of his precedent-shattering Ninth Symphony. Nazaykinskaya celebrates her 30th birthday on January 20, 2017, and her First Symphony, subtitled April Song, was inspired by a Sara Teasdale poem. April Song is the fourth work by Nazaykinskaya to be performed by Schrickel and the MSO since 2012.