Eric Jacobsen conductor
Montclair State University Chorale | Heather J. Buchanan, director
New Jersey Symphony
Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin
Written during the horrors World War I, Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin is a bright reflection on lives lost during the war, with each movement dedicated to a friend who passed. The composer draws on the woodwind section—particularly the oboe—to tell these stories.
George Walker—a longtime Montclair resident—was among the greatest composers to call the Garden State home, and in 1996, he became the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music. It was this passionate work for soprano and orchestra that garnered him that grand distinction.
This divine choral-orchestral masterpiece focuses Fauré’s view on the acceptance of a peaceful death.