Movement and Music: University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra plays Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

Conceived by James Ross
Movement Design by Liz Lerman
Recorded at University of Maryland, May 4th, 2012

UMSO performed this piece without sheet music, from memory, while also memorizing choreography.
This was done to re-establish a strong connection between movement and music-making that had been missing from the experience of the orchestral musicians.
Its effect is quite marvelous, considering the cellists and the double-bassists appear to have the biggest burden of availability to movement.
The Debussy piece, of course, is being given a whole new perspective with this treatment, and one hopes there’ll be more arrangements of this kind.


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