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Composers Datebook®

with host John Birge

Saturday, June 13

Ran's Violin Concerto

Synopsis

It was on today’s date in 2003 that a new violin concerto by composer Shulamit Ran premiered at Carnegie Hall – but it would be just as appropriate for us to run this episode of COMPOSERS DATEBOOK on Mother’s Day – as Ran herself explains:

“Thoughts of my mother, Berta Ran, whose strength of spirit has been a profoundly significant guiding light throughout my life, have embedded themselves in various parts of this work. At the closing of the concerto, echoes of a familiar melody, one my mother sang to me in childhood with words of her own creation, appear, gently fading away.”

Shulamit Ran born in Tel Aviv in 1949 and moved to New York City at age 14 on a scholarship to Mannes College of Music. From 1973 to 2015, she taught at
the University of Chicago, and served as composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony. In 1991 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Commenting on winning the prestigious award, Ran admitted to being a little surprised:

“I feel I’ve always been out of step,” she said. “At times ... I was not considered avant- garde enough. Now, considering the current trend of accessibility, some think I’m too forbidding.”

Music Played in Today's Program

Shulamit Ran (b. 1949) Violin Concerto Ittai Shapira, vln; BBC Concert Orchestra; Charles Hazlewood, cond. Albany TROY-970

Additional Information

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