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Bartok Concerto for Orchestra, Elgar and Debussy

SCO return to Turner Sims with a performance of Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra. Elgar's Sea Pictures with Elizabeth Benedetto and Debussy's Prelude a L'apres-midi d'un faune complete the programme.

Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton

Saturday 2nd December 2023 - 7:30pm

Ticket Prices: £10.00 - £18.00

The Programme


Claude Debussy
Prelude a L’apres-midi d’un faune

known in English as Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, is a symphonic poem for orchestra by Claude Debussy, The composition was inspired by the poem L'après-midi d'un faune by Stéphane Mallarmé.

It is one of Debussy's most famous works and is considered a turning point in the history of Western art music,


Edward Elgar
Sea Pictures

Sea Pictures, Op. 37 is a song cycle by Sir Edward Elgar consisting of five songs written by various poets. It was set for contralto and orchestra, though a distinct version for piano was often performed by Elgar.

The songs were originally written in high keys for a soprano voice, but transposed to lower keys for the orchestral version, largely at the request of the contralto Clara Butt.


Béla Bartók
Concerto for Orchestra

The Concerto for Orchestra is a five-movement orchestral work composed by Béla Bartók in 1943. It is one of his best-known, most popular, and most accessible works.

The work was written in response to a commission from the Koussevitzky Foundation following Bartók's move to the United States from his native Hungary, which he had fled because of World War II.

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