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Enhance your patrons’ experience with notes that highlight the music’s humanity and illuminate its depth. Choose from our wide selection of pre-written pieces or commission custom notes that complement your concert story.

Program Notes & Synopses

Enhance your patrons’ experience with notes that highlight the music’s humanity and illuminate its depths.

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Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas Overture

Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas Overture

25.00

398 words
note by Chris Myers

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Excerpt:

On March 18, 1839, Felix Mendelssohn wrote a letter to his mother catching her up on some recent news, including the story of a piece he’d just written:
 
You want to know how it went with my overture for Ruy Blas? Funny story... Six to eight weeks ago, a request came to me from the Theater Pension Fund (a really good and charitable institution here that was producing a benefit performance of Ruy Blas) to write an overture and a song to be included in the play, because they expected they would see better sales if my name was advertised above the title. I read the play, which was so absolutely ghastly and beyond contempt that you wouldn’t even believe it, and I decided that I didn’t have time to compose an overture and would only give them the song.

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