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BSO at Home: Listening Week 5, The French Tradition

Presented by Boston Symphony Orchestra at Online/Virtual Space

Apr 20 - 26 2020
BSO at Home: Listening Week 5, The French Tradition

Over the next six weeks, you’ll have a chance to hear some great performances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, drawn from the amazing archive of recordings of concerts given in Symphony Hall and at the orchestra’s summer home, Tanglewood.

When Henry Lee Higginson founded the Boston Symphony in 1881, he wanted to create an orchestra in the best German tradition. In preparation for this, Higginson had traveled around Europe and considered the best models for his new ensemble, recruiting musicians (all men, at that time) from several of the prominent German music schools– including, importantly, the conservatory in Leipzig. All six of the first music directors of the BSO were German, with great experience in – and preference

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