French romanticism and impressionism in music
Sunday, April 12
2:30 am - 4:15 am
Francis Poulenc-Sonata. Allegro malinconico, Cantilena, Presto giocoso
Claude Debussy-Flute Solo. Syrinx
Claude Debussy-Piano solo. La fille aux cheveux de Lin.
Darius Milhaud-Sonatine, Op 76. Tendre, Souple, Clair
Poulenc and Milhaud were both members of the group of composers known as “Les Six”. Poulenc’s sonata is a late work (1956) and is one of a set of three, the others being for oboe and clarinet. Milhaud’s sonatine is however quite an early work (1922). He was a composer of some quality and of great quantity; his last work has the opus number 441! Poulenc said he was a writer of melodies, and there are plenty in this work. Milhaud’s sonatine is more gritty and perhaps reflects the dry roughness of his home Provencal landscape.
Chris Lacey-Flute. Richard studied music at the Royal Academy of Music and has had a distinguished career with a number of theatre productions including the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Richard Silk-Piano.Richard studied music at Cambridge and has been director of studies at the Birmingham conservatoire.