Past, Present, and Future

Wharton Center for Performing Arts

This concert highlights some of the many paths and inspirations that music explored during the early 20th Century. In 1884, Claude Debussy’s Prelude to “The Afternoon of a Faun” was a celebration of orchestral color. Its tonal and formal ambiguity also made it a turning point in music, marking the beginning of the era of Modernism. Ottorino Respighi’s "Ancient Airs and Dances Suite I" looks to the past focusing on 16th Century music through a modern lens. Paul Hindemith continued on the path of the Romantic Era in his stunning "Symphonie Mathis Der Maler", while Igor Stravinsky began to push the boundaries of music in his own way with his impetuous "Firebird Suite".


Timothy Muffitt

Ancient Airs and Dances Suite 1

Ottorino Respighi

Symphonie Mathis Der Maler

Paul Hindemith

Prelude to "The Afternoon of a Faun"

Claude Debussy

Firebird Suite (1919)

Igor Stravinsky

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