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KEELE MUSIC FORUM21 February 2018 1.15pm Keele University Chapel
KEELE MUSIC FORUM
CONCERT: MICHAEL BELL AND PETER SEABOURNE
WEDNESDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2018 | 1:15-3PM
KEELE UNIVERSITY CHAPEL
Soler 3 Sonatas
Seabourne Steps Volume 3: Arabesques
Mompou Scènes d’enfants
De Falla Fantasia Baetica
Composer Peter Seabourne will introduce his piano cycle Arabesques which was initially inspired by the landscapes of the Alhambra in Granada. The individual pieces were subsequently developed to reflect a series of paintings of the Alahambra by Anne Seabourne. The premiere of ‘Arabesques’ in Leeds 2014, was given alongside the opening exhibition of the paintings and with images of each picture projected simultaneously during the performance.
This will be replicated in today’s performance.
The programme is made up with three sonatas by Padre Antonio Soler (1729-1783) whose early keyboard style, like Scarlatti anticipates and would continue to influence keyboard writing for centuries to come.
The Catalan composer Mompou was an ardent Francophile; after his studies in Paris has been interrupted by the outbreak of the First World War, he would return to live and work there from 1921-1941. Mompou returned to his home city of Barcelona where he stayed until his death in June 1987. Scènes d’enfants were composed in 1917 and in spite of their French titles the images of children at play in the street on beaches and finally in gardens are deeply imbued with Catalan rhythmic impulse and perfume.
De Falla’s virtuosic Fantasia Baetica is his largest single piece for piano. Baetica is the roman name for Andalusia and Falla pays homage to the latin-Andalusian race. Completed in 1919, it was commissioned by and dedicated to Artur Rubinstein.
Michael Bell – Piano
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