What to Listen for in Music: The French Connection, Session I: Debussy and Ravel
NSO cellist Yvonne Caruthers explores how French composers Debussy and Ravel developed a new style of writing music, breaking out of the Germanic (i.e. Mozart and Beethoven) style.
- Sat., Oct. 30, 2010, 2:00 PM
- 90 minutes
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Session I: Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel
Claude Debussy was one of the first French composers to break out of the Germanic (i.e. Mozart and Beethoven) style of writing music. A generation later, Maurice Ravel followed in Debussy's footsteps. Learn how Debussy and Ravel broke with tradition, yet created sensual, colorful music. Selections to be heard include Debussy's Afternoon of a Faun and La Mer, and Ravel's La Valse and Daphnis.
Session II: Olivier Messiaen and the Turangalîla-Symphonie
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Yvonne Caruthers, in addition to performing with the NSO, presents multimedia programs throughout the Washington region. She is a frequent lecturer at the Smithsonian where she presents seminars on music-related topics. At the Kennedy Center, she has presented lectures on several composers, including Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev.