"Without Sauerkraut!" A French Approach to Music

Oct 24, 2017

In the late-Romantic musical world, Wagner’s works dominated concert stages. His numerous operas exhibited a distinctly “German sound” and featured Aryan characters in their lead roles. French composer Erik Satie was one of the first to call for a change for music of the time period. He issued a challenge for a French approach to music, “without sauerkraut!” inspiring the French Six (Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, Arthur Honegger, Georges Auric, Louis Durey, and Germaine Tailleferre) as well as Maurice Ravel.

This Monday, hear both the German and French styles juxtaposed in the Quad City Symphony’s “River of Life” concert. The QCSO’s featured soloist is soprano Erin Wall. Tune in on Monday, October 30th at 7 p.m. for this Symphonies of Iowa broadcast!