Lunchtime Concert: Kyoko Takashima
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Let’s celebrate César Franck’s 200th Anniversary!
Belgian born French composer, organist.
Come and enjoy his masterpiece “Prélude, Choral et Fugue” and related pieces by Mozart, Ravel, Liszt performed by world renowned concert pianist Kyoko Takashima.
The concert opens “Neun Variationen in D” on a minuet by Duport (Mozart). It has some beautiful chords and nice development.
This is followed by Ravel’s “Sonatine”, a simple classical piece composed for a competition. This short fresh original work became a crowd favourite.
The third piece, also a short work by Ravel called “Jeux d’Eau” is described as “a river, God laughing at water tickling him.”
Ravel was inspired by Liszt, composing a similar piece (which Kyoko plays next). Both pieces are about playing games with water.
Liszt was 57 years old when he composed “Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este”. He felt he needed to compose something positive and happy to comfort his heart, after his easy and showy life took a turn in his early fifties.
It was in Villa d’Este that he wrote this music.
All these composers played a great part were a great influence on César Franck’s work and life. Franck’s music is recognisable by its circular form where the last movement revisits the theme and motive of the first.
The music of Liszt and Ravel that Kyoko chooses to play today follows this same circular form.
Happy birthday César Franck!
NCMA’s Lunchtime Concert Series is proudly sponsored by Nelson Pine Industries.
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