French music for harp and ensemble

Stratford ArtsHouse, 14 Rother Street, Number 8, 8 High Street, WR10 1BG


Date(s) - 12/04/2019
7:30 pm


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Debussy – Danse sacrée et danse profane
Saint-Saëns – Fantaisie for Violin and Harp
Ravel – Le Tombeau de Couperin (arr. Le Page)
Saint-Saëns – The Swan
Satie – Gymnopédies no1
Ravel – Introduction and Allegro

David Le Page – violin/director
Eleanor Turner – harp

Although its ‘secular’ half is tinged with a Spanish zing, there is little doubt that Debussy was influenced by Satie’s most famous composition for the ‘sacred’ portion of his ravishing work – commissioned for a clever new type of harp (which never took off). Saint-Saëns, however, was inspired by a vacation on the Italian Riviera (and, of course, our ensemble’s favourite and most graceful bird). Ravel, though, looked to the Baroque for his memorial: whilst his wonderful Introduction and Allegro – commissioned by a rival classical harp manufacturer (who won the day) – was written at speed to avoid missing a boating holiday!

Pre-concert talk: 6.45pm
Concert: 7.30pm

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