Intermède: fantasque et léger III. The sonata for flute, viola, and harp, L. 137, was also written in 1915. Yet Boulez, much like Beethoven in his last sonata, Op. Listening to Bartók’s music written after World War I, one cannot escape the hearing this stylistic mix in the context of the European world in ruins. The World's Leading Classical Music News Source. Claude Debussy was born on the 22nd August 1862 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France. {{text}} 3 in D minor stands as one of music history’s most infamous disasters. While a Chasse had served as a jolly and brilliant closing number to many classical works, Bartók;s finale is no aristocratic sport, but rather a devastating manhunt. Violinist Corey Cerovsek joined me for the two outer concerts. Whether descriptive comments related to characters of the Commedia dell'arte were actually given by Debussy to cellist Louis Rosoor remains unclear.[4]. Instead of sonata form, Debussy structures the piece in the style of the eighteenth-century monothematic sonata, and was particularly influenced by the music of François Couperin. 111 (which Boulez performed in the entrance examination to the Paris Conservatoire), aimed at the heart of sonata thinking: the tension between two musical situations and the poetic elaboration of this tension. The titles suggest the pleasures of the bucolic, but the listener is presented with a denial of anything constructive. WACKY WEDNESDAY | VC Artist Ray Chen - The One-Man-Band! -- Philip Glass, The LABYRINTH of KLAVDIA KLANGFARBEN (complete), STRAVINSKY'S TAVERN: A Collection of Short Stories, A Path Not Taken: Claude Debussy's Violin Sonata, Dr. Dick is the kammerblogger for Market Square Concerts, Dr. Dick had been blogging for the Harrisburg Symphony, Frank Delaney's Podcasts, Re:Joyce (Reading James Joyce's "Ulysses") [left unfinished at Delaney's death, One of my Cats' Favorite Blogs (Abbie the Cat, 1997-2013), The Best Little Cat House in Pennsylvania, Seurat: Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of Le Grande Jatte (1886). It was his final composition, the third part in a cycle of six sonatas he had intended to create using solo instruments and piano (the previous ones being the cello sonata, L 135, and the sonata for flute, viola and harp, L 137). The work was Debussy ‘s final competed composition – and the premiere, his last public performance. Required fields are marked *. With my instrumentation, I wanted to try to create a soundscape that would be as similar as possible to that which Claude Debussy would have heard in 2019. It stands as a reminder that despite this work’s feigned jocularity, it is the work of a man acutely aware of the pain of death. Debussy's Sonata for violin and piano, third in a projected series of six chamber sonatas, … It was the composer's last major composition and is notable for its brevity; a typical performance lasts about 13 minutes. Bartók, for example, was called to participate in a project of recording the national music of captives in the nation’s prisoner-of-war camps. He admitted the fact to me and I warmly encouraged him to follow his inclination. Your email address will not be published. The three composers we chosen for their central place in the 20th Century repertoire, in particular among piano literature. His death on 25 March 1918 prevented him from carrying out his plan, and only three of the six sonatas were completed and published by Durand, with a dedication to his second wife, Emma Bardac. 1, both in C major, LIVE FROM COPENHAGEN – WITH VC YOUNG ARTISTS JOHAN DALENE AND JONATHAN SWENSEN, COPENHAGEN – SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 | We’re here in Copenhagen this week for a rehearsal and socially-distanced performance with VC Young Artists, Johan Dalene, Violinist and Jonathan Swensen - Cellist, conductor Lan Shui, and the Copenhagen Philharmonic | Program includes Brahms’ Double Concerto and Sibelius’ Symphony No. All Rights Reserved. Your belief in the power of music to heal and transform makes our work possible. "To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly." Known today as the embodiment of Impressionism in music, Debussy himself was not keen on comparisons between his music and the blurry lines of Monet or Turner. Im Freien (Outdoors Suite) (1926) is Bartók‘s reworking of the idea of “Pastoral” music embraced by numerous composers of the Baroque, the Classicism, and the Romantic. - John F. Kennedy, Send e-mail to Dick Strawser at thoughtsonatrain at yahoo dot com, National Novel Writing Month's 50k-Word Challenge, "Man will begin to recover the moment he takes art as seriously as physics, chemistry or money." 60, and George Walker’s “Lyric for Strings” — Walker was the first African American composer to win a Pulitzer Prize for Music, Live from Szczawno-Zdroj, Poland - with VC Young Artist Luke Hsu, conductor Bartosz Zurakowski, and the Sudecka Philharmonic, SZCZAWNO-ZDROJ - SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 | This week, we’re coming to you from Szczawno-Zdrój in Poland for a concert from the 2020 Wieniawski Festival featuring VC Young Artist Luke Hsu Violin , conductor Bartosz Zurakowski, and the Sudecka Philharmonic | The program includes Rossini’s Overture to “La Gazza Ladra”, Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony in E-flat major, and Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. ... the Violin Sonata. 117, Bartók: Im Freien, Sz. Est 2009. From time to time, this free-sounding section is interrupted by more angular music, conversing by way of rhythmic variation. Thompson, K.L. By now classics, the three composers could just as well be described as modernists, although both definitions impoverish the perspective. 1 in C major, LIVE FROM STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT IN THE UNITED STATES - WITH PINCHAS ZUKERMAN, AMANDA FORSYTH, MICHAEL STERN, AND THE STAMFORD SYMPHONY, We’re coming to you from Stamford, Connecticut this week for a virtual performance with violinist Pinchas Zukerman, cellist Amanda Forsyth, conductor Michael Stern, pianist Dr. Michael Coady, and the Stamford Symphony | A concert benefiting healthcare workers, the program includes Bach’s Violin Concerto No.