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Jeremy Yudkin

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Jeremy Yudkin is a professor of music at Boston University. He gives preconcert talks for Tanglewood weekends every Friday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. at Lenox Town Hall.

In 1910, Maurice Ravel wrote five pieces for two pianos based on the “Mother Goose” stories for the two children of friends. The youngsters must have been gifted, if, at the ages of 6 and 7, they were able to play Ravel’s enchanting score. The following year Ravel orchestrated the piece, and it will be in its orchestral version that it will be played on Saturday evening at Tanglewood.

The widely held consensus that Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D (to be performed at Tanglewood on Saturday night by violinist Joshua Bell and the Boston Symphony Orchestra during Grammy-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta's BSO debut) is one of the greatest concertos for the instrument and that it is high on the list of the composer’s best works belies some of its earlier reception.

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