Maurice Ravel String quartet F-major
Lili Boulanger D’un Soir triste and D’un Matin de printemps
Béla Bartók Sonata for two pianos and percussion
At the beginning of the 20th century, the Prix de Rome was the highest award for young composers at the Paris Conservatoire. Georges Bizet and Claude Debussy were among the prizewinners. Maurice Ravel's applications, however, were unsuccessful. When he submitted his String Quartet in F major in 1905, he caused a scandal. Since the original composition opposed traditional norms, Ravel was excluded from the competition, for which the conservatoire’s director, Théodore Dubois, was publicly criticized. Eight years later, female composer Lili Boulanger, like Ravel one of Gabriel Fauré’s pupils, received that coveted award as the first woman and at the tender age of only 20. Her two depictions of nature from 1918 as well as Ravel's string quartet are characterized by a fascinating wealth of sound. Béla Bartók also provides special timbres in his Sonata for Two Pianos and percussion from 1937. He was one of the first composers to give percussion a prominent place. His visionary sound inventions in that key work of modernism were to influence many composers who followed.
With Alexandra Taktikos, Elena Graf,
Madeleine Przybyl, Guillaume Artus,
Christoph Wiedmann, Marc Strobel and others
Piano Stefan Schreiber
There will be an introduction 30 minutes before the concert at Mozartsaal.