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Crisis crescendos: how the Proms is sounding the alarm for a planet in peril

18.07.2019
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Pounding oceans, enchanted woods, threatened birds and the powerful words of Greta Thunberg ... we meet the composers spearheading this year's nature theme at the PromsThe Proms have a slightly uneasy relationship with Big Themes. Former director Nicholas Kenyon used to love them - grand overarching narratives designed to hold the otherwise unwieldy two-month music festival together. But his successors have been more circumspect, recognising that Proms-goers for the most part attend single concerts rather than a group of performances linked to, say, death or sex - or this year's theme, nature, and our part in destroying it.That big theme, admits current Proms director David Pickard, stole up on him almost unawares. "You don't always start with a theme," he says. "Pieces come in and it emerges. You start to see a theme emerging from what people are wanting to write. That was what happened with this. None of these things should be forced." Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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