Backstage With Brian Bell

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John Harbison on Koussevitzky Said:

For the 75th anniversary of Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra commissioned John Harbison to write a new work. Harbison chose to write his work in honor of Serge Koussevitzky, the music director of the BSO at the time Tanglewood was founded, using words the conductor himself spoke. Harbison's piece is called Koussevitzky Said:, Choral Scherzo with Orchestra.

Harbison talks with Brian Bell about the reasons for honoring Koussevitzky and the connection to words spoken by the conductor.

Here are excerpts from the text:

"The next Beethoven will from Colorado come."

"I will keep playing this music -- until you hear it."

"If not in tune, it smells of office, as if price five cents."

"You have to portray the music correctly; play it from your hearts."

"Let's do it together for our own satisfaction."

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ABOUT BACKSTAGE WITH BRIAN BELL

As the producer of WGBH 89.7's live broadcasts of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Brian Bell has the opportunity to discuss music and the process of making music with guest conductors, soloists, and orchestra members.

Brian shares these conversations and often a chuckle or two, offering a perspective that bridges the divide between a listener's knowledge and an artist's mind.

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