The twenty-first-century world is much different than it was in Ludwig van Beethoven’s time, and though his work is a product of that nineteenth-century context, it still endures. And while the compositions themselves do not change, orchestras must make the music relevant for today’s audiences. Here, Yannick Nézet-Séguin discusses the value that centuries-old works can offer contemporary listeners and how an orchestra can present a classical piece so that it remains dynamic and resists becoming a “statue.”
Questions of Practice: Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on Contextualizing Classical Works
Yannick Nézet-Séguin discusses how he approaches contextualizing older works. Filmed at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, March 7, 2019.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin is the music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and the Orchestra Métropolitain in Montreal. He also conducts master classes at the Curtis Institute of Philadelphia, the Juilliard School of New York, and other institutions.