The Serge Koussevitzky
Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to five composers.
In 1944, Bela Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra was premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Serge Koussevitzky
After the performance, Damrosch turned to the audience and snorted: "If a young man at the age of 23 can write a symphony like that, in five years he will be ready to commit murder" Nonetheless other orchestras, like the Boston Symphony led by the more venturesome Serge Koussevitzky
, championed Copland's music, including the Symphony for Organ, the jazzy Music for the Theatre, and the Piano Concerto.
The teaching aspect of Tanglewood was present from the beginning, thanks to the ideas and influence of Serge Koussevitzky
, conductor of the orchestra at the time the Boston Symphony decided to perform summers in Tanglewood.
Linking Bartok and Mussorgsky is the great (and wealthy, thanks to a good marriage) conductor Serge Koussevitzky
who used his wife's inheritance to commission works from deserving composers.
The Albuquerque premiere was a surprise even to Serge Koussevitzky
, who said he was very 'pleased' when the news was relayed to him last week.
Roy Harris's First Symphony was performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Serge Koussevitzky
Bernstein's extraordinarily varied career includes the following jobs: Assistant to Serge Koussevitzky
at Berkshire Music Center in 1942; conductor of the New York City Symphony, 1945-1948; musical adviser to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, 1948-1949 season; head of conducting department of the Berkshire Music Center, 1951 to 1956; professor of music at Brandeis University, 1951-1956; assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic during the 1943-1944 season, and again for the Philharmonic, coconductor and then musical director (1958-1970).