Claire de Lune by Claude Debussy
Andrew Heavelin and Leo Plummer
From Twelve Preludes, Op.11 by Alexander Scriabin: No.4 & No. 17
Kenneth Bozanich, Evan Dowdakin, Sador Rangel
Paraboles by Jacques Ibert I
Jon Hernandez and Nick Hart
The Jester by Kenneth Bozanich
Leo Plummer, Andrew Heavelin, Kenneth Bozanich, Adrien Bouissou
Mouvements Perpétuels by Francis Poulenc
Sador Rangel and Nick Hart
Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess) by Maurice Ravel
Andrew Heavelin, Kenneth Bozanich, Adrien Bouissou, Leo Plummer
by Nicholas Lambson, director
Nationalism was an important theme for many composers of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Some trends were universal, such as the use of national folk songs, but each nation had a unique style as well: the Italian style emphasized sing-able melodies; the Germans featured a more intellectual and bombastic style; and the French style included music that was textural and nuanced.
While some French composers continued to develop their national artistic identity in the 20th century, some were also influenced by music from other times and places. Claude Monet’s painting, "Impression, Sunrise" essentially coined the term "impressionist" that later became a buzzword for the music of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel; this was meant to convey a somewhat abstract and textural "impression" of something else.
The impressionist composers' music remained tonal, unlike the music of some their contemporaries (such as Arnold Schoenberg), and was generally more progressive than radical. Debussy's infamous statement on the guidelines for music and practice, "pleasure is the law," conveys this sentiment succinctly: essentially, if it sounds good, then it’s good! Indeed, rather than dispose of hundreds of years of musical development, he sought out both new and familiar styles to cultivate something that he found to be pleasurable, including everything from medieval music to Indonesian gamelan music.
Finally, there is one piece for four guitars and bass written by a current HSU guitar and composition student, Kenneth Bozanich, which features some of the same stylistic elements with extended "jazzy" harmonies.
This is the first of several more works to be written for the ensemble. Next semester, we will be doing a collaborative project with the composition majors at HSU, and we hope that you will join us for that on April 2nd, 2016 at 8pm in Fulkerson Recital Hall.