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Beyond the Score

Beyond the Score: Bartók Miraculous Mandarin

Release May 12, 2009

Available for streaming until February 25, 2099

© Chicago Symphony Orchestra 2009
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Length: 54:19



Discover the drama and intrigue of Bartók's fiendish tale when Pierre Boulez and the CSO perform his pantomime The Miraculous Mandarin. In this Beyond the Score® program we survey the rich and fascinating complexity of Bartók's composition. By examining the music itself we see why this work had a difficult time achieving performances.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Pierre Boulez
Gerard McBurney creative director
Daniel Allar actor

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Written and created by the CSO's creative director, Gerard McBurney, live musical examples are called upon to illustrate the structure of each composition. After an intermission, concertgoers return to the hall with newly discovered knowledge to hear a performance of the work played in its entirety.

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