As well as the four solo piano recitals during Summer School, tutor Ann Martin-Davis, together with baritone Brian White , will present a recital of songs and solo piano pieces.
The programme will include Bernstein ‘Four Anniversaries’, Ravel ‘Le Tombeau de Couperin’, Messiaen ‘Le Baiser de L’enfant-Jésus’, Poulenc ‘Le Bestiaire’ and Butterworth, ‘The Lads in their Hundreds’.
Ann writes -” This programme has evolved from a review that I read recently of a published collection of letters from the composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein [left]. It commended Nigel Simeone’s compilation but was unconditionally brutal and damming about the composer’s ‘overwhelming personality’. I wasn’t familiar with Bernstein’s piano music and dug out the ‘Four Anniversaries’. These touching and compelling snap-shots of the people in his life suggest an intimacy, sensitivity and humanity that offered a sharp contrast to the review. They also made me think about other composers who have written for friends, family and loved ones, about loss and about the private being made public and the music that we inherit from the significant people in our lives.”
George Butterworth [above] who died one hundred years ago on August 5th 1916 during the Battle of the Somme, is represented by his song ‘The Lads in their Hundreds’. Butterworth lies in an unknown grave; he is named on the Royal College of Music War Memorial [below]. RIP.
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