Holland Center April 9 & December 31, 2020

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

This Omaha Symphony performance was recorded live at the Holland Performing Arts Center on January 19, 2019.

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Click the play button below to hear this high quality archive recording being released as part of the new Symphony | Anywhere series. Listen to this great masterwork played by your Omaha Symphony from wherever you are!

Program Notes

Based on a ballad by Goethe that was itself built on much older material, Dukas’ highly descriptive tone poem hardly requires a scenario description today. This is thanks to Mr. Disney and his mouse, but the “story” as told by the music alone was already a nearly visual experience due to its dramatic exactness and perfectly balanced comic timing. Dukas didn’t have the benefit of 1940s cinematic technology. His score was required to create the necessary tableaus from whole sonic cloth and he did so with no less skill than Strauss.

Listen for the glockenspiel part in the percussion section – it’s a doozy, and often asked on orchestra auditions – as well as the iconic bassoon section soli. The moral of Goethe’s story? Leave the magic to the professionals, kids!

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