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Four-Hands Piano Concerts Come to St Paul’s Church

Julie-Coucheron

By Mittie Roger

Get ready for two of the most unique concerts of the 2018–2019 concert season! Four-hands piano concerts featuring acclaimed artist Julie Coucheron, called “exquisite” by the Washington Post, and San Miguel de Allende favorite William Ransom, described as a “technical dazzler, and more” by the Detroit Free Press, will inspire listeners through this unusual and challenging form.

Four-hand piano music has a longstanding tradition of bringing orchestral music to people who might not otherwise hear it for financial or geographic reasons, and as large-scale concertgoing becomes ever more expensive and remote for most, this art form has enjoyed a recent resurgence. Though many four-hand piano works are transcribed, the form also includes original works, and at these two recitals, we’ll hear the finest examples of both.

On Friday, the audience will enjoy Beethoven’s Sonata in D Major, a product of his late 20s and a testament to the composer’s striving with an almighty passion to make his music accessible, while at the same time breaking the mold of traditional compositional forms. Barber’s Souvenirs, written in 1951, harkens back to the golden days of his childhood and his nostalgia for the beautiful moments he experienced on an outing with his mother to the idyllic countryside. Brahms’ Five Hungarian Dances was inspired by two of his close friends, Eduard Remény and Joseph Joachim, both violinists. The highlight of the program will be a dramatic piano transcription of Beethoven’s incomparable Symphony No 5.

On Sunday, listeners will delight in Mozart’s Sonata in F Major, a true masterpiece of delicacy and nuanced phrasing. The composer often wrote four-hand piano music with his brilliant sister Nannerl, but he stopped after she died and only returned to the form later in life, leaving us this elegant gem. The strangely unique P.D.Q. Bach’s Sonata Innamorata is meant to seduce and comes from a foray into satirical humor. Transcribed by Peter Schickele, a Julliard graduate, the piece has very curious and playful ideas about instrumentation that will delight and amuse you. Debussy’s Petite Suite conjures up nostalgia for the “good old days” of France’s golden past, but with the added twist of the composer’s “free-form” compositional style.

The concert’s set piece will be Saint-Saëns’s joyful Carnival of the Animals, a circus-like romp through a menagerie of musical animals which always delights audiences from 5 to 105 years old!
Tickets are 150, 300, and 400 pesos each, on sale at Tesoros in the Biblioteca Pública, through our website with no booking fee, and at the concert 45 minutes before performance time.

Details of all Pro Musica’s concerts and Patron Membership are on our website, www.promusicasma.org, or contact us at promusicasma@aol.com

 

Concert

Pro Musica Concert Series presents

Julie Coucheron and William Ransom

Fri, Dec7, 5pm

Sun, Dec 9, 4pm

St Paul’s Church

Cardo 6

150, 300, 400 pesos

promusicasma.org

promusicasma@aol.com

 

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