Debussy Sonata for Cello and Piano (1915)
Stravinsky Petrushka for Piano, Four Hands
Brahms Quartet No. 1 in G minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 25
Alessio Bax, Piano; Lucille Chung, Piano; Wu Han, Piano; Sean Lee, Violin;Matthew Lipman, Viola; David Finckel, Cello; Mihai Marica, Cello
Pre-concert Talk: Panel Discussion, 7:15pm
Talk will be begin at 7:15pm featuring:
Lucille Chung, Piano
Wu Han, Piano
Sean Lee, Violin
David Finckel, Cello
Mihai Marica, Cello
The Composer’s World on August 21, invites audiences to experience Debussy’s fanciful cello sonata, Stravinsky’s exotic imagination through his milestone ballet about a puppet, and Brahms’s ceaseless internal struggle for musical perfection through his intensely emotional Piano Quartet No. 1.
- Demoralized by the carnage of World War I and cruelly faced with his own mortality, Debussy set out to write a series of six sonatas that he saw as an affirmation of French culture, stating “I want to work not so much for myself, but to give proof, however small it may be, that not even 30 million ‘boches’ can destroy French thought.”
- The Sonata for Cello and Piano is one of Debussy’s most forward-looking and most aggressively experimental works. The rhythmic language is full of surprising interjections, short bursts of accented notes, and sudden changes of tempo.
- Although Stravinsky had just landed his first big hit with The Firebird, the music he’d written was not quite yet what one – or even the composer himself – would consider vintage Stravinsky. Petrushka sees Stravinsky begin to develop his true voice and, for the first time, make music to control the dance, not serve it.
Read more here
- Stravinsky’s Petrushka At 100: A Composer Finds His Voice: https://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2011/06/13/137154534/stravinskys-petrushka-at-100-a-composer-finds-his-voice
- Claude Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor (1915): http://www.interlude.hk/front/claude-debussy-sonata-cello-piano-d-minor-1915/