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Robert McDuffie

Robert McDuffie Photo: screenshot ex YouTube

The Auckland Philharmonia is joined by American violinist Robert McDuffie and German conductor André de Ridder.

All of the composers represented in this concert have pushed music in new directions:
- Claude Debussy brought French music into a more sensual realm at the turn of the 20th century with his Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune and La Mer;
- Arnold Schoenberg pushed the Germanic tradition into more and more adventurous melodies and harmonies: his late piece, Theme and Variations was written originally for wind band and later orchestrated;
- and Philip Glass, celebrating his 80th birthday in 2017, pushed himself out of the opera house and into the concert hall with his Violin Concerto No 1.