Belshazzar’s Feast Program Notes

The Gloria by Francis Poulenc (1899 -1963) was commissioned by the Koussevitsky Music Foundation and first performed in 1961 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Munch. It was dedicated to the memory of Nathalie and Serge Koussevitsky, a former Music Director of the BSO. To many, the work seemed irreverent – this ancient sacred text from the Mass being treated frivolously with wit and humour. But what they failed to catch was Poulenc’s interpretation of liturgical joy as a swirl of musical colour and dancing rhythms.

Categories: 2011-2012 Season and Program Notes.

Belshazzar’s Feast – 2012

Belshazzar’s Feast podcast: Music broadcaster Rick Phillips chats with Noel Edison and takes a musical tour through three great 20 th century masterpieces: Poulenc’s Gloria, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast.

Categories: 2011-2012 Season and Podcasts.