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Giant Footsteps


Russell Ger

June 10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Aquinas Hall at Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY

Mussorgsky – Night on Bald Mountain
Holst – “Jupiter” from The Planets
Grieg – Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1
Brahms – Symphony No. 1

After years of stalled attempts, when Brahms finally composed his First Symphony, he said, “You have no idea what it is like to always hear such a giant marching behind you!” (He was referring to Beethoven.) That idea of Giant Footsteps finds a more literal representation in Grieg’s famous In the Hall of the Mountain King from his Peer Gynt suite. The theme is then expanded conceptually to include Jupiter from Holst’s The Planets, for Jupiter is the celestial giant of our solar system. Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain provides a connection between Grieg’s Mountain King and Holst’s Jupiter, for as earth’s natural giants, mountains serve as a terrestrial representation of this idea. Finally, the journey through Brahms’ symphony, which begins with what sounds like giant footsteps, ends in a blaze of triumph, which forever cemented the composer in the repertoire as a rightful heir to the great Beethoven, and a giant himself.

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