Haydn, Symphony No. 103, "Drum Roll"

Jean-François Zygel's Keys to the Orchestra

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Jean-François Zygel presents Haydn's Symphony No. 103, "Drumroll." Movement by movement, he dissects the composer's work and explores its origins, inspirations, and musical richness. Ton Koopman leads the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in musical illustrations of Zygel's explanations.

Les Clefs de l'orchestre (“The Keys to the Orchestra”) is a pedagogical concert series hosted by Jean-François Zygel at Paris’ Maison de la Radio. Aiming to give a broad public the keys to understanding the symphonic repertoire, the pianist and improviser addresses fundamental questions like: What is a symphony? What is the role of each orchestral instrument? What is a variation? What is a theme? In the company of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under the direction of prestigious conductors, Zygel deconstructs symphonic masterpieces of Western classical music with humor, contextualizing the music and clarifying questions both fundamental and complex.

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