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Michael Tilson Thomas

Publisher: G. Schirmer

From the Diary of Anne Frank (1990)
Text Writer
Anne Frank
Soloists and Orchestra
Year Composed
36 Minutes
Programme Note
Michael Tilson Thomas From the Diary of Anne Frank (1990)
First performance:
March 19, 1990
Audrey Hepburn, narrator
New World Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Philadelphia, PA

  • 25 OCT 2019
    Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Louisville, KY
    Louisville Orchestra

    Other Dates:
    26 October - Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Louisville, KY

Tilson Thomas's versatile score, ranging from early pastoral idylls to atonal pieces for the victims of the Holocaust, deserves a longer life.
International Herald Tribune, ,01/01/0001
What immediately strikes one about Tilson Thomas's From The Diary of Anne Frank is its diversity of style. An easy-going quasi-pastoral idiom introducing the diary and its writer leads to a playful dodecaphonic passage to a further non-tonal tumult of outraged protest, to a powerful Mahlerian/Bergian elegy for the victims of the holocaust.
The London Times, ,01/01/0001
Tilson Thomas's musical style here may be eclectic, but the musical imagery complements the spoken text, be it in a Bernstein-like exuberance or in the heavy-laden dissonances redolent of Shostakovich writing in similar Holocaust context.
The Daily Telegraph, ,01/01/0001
Tilson Thomas's score is a thoroughly accomplished piece of work, an amalgam of Bernstein and Copland, with a dash or two of Walton and Hollywood thrown in....This is a work which effectively dispels the usual curse on pieces for speaking voice and orchestra.
The Guardian, ,01/01/0001
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