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Book of Departures | Strelitzia Ensemble
16 September @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST$30
In this program, we explore three striking works for Piano Trio from across the musical spectrum.
Louise Farrenc is one of the few female voices we have from the 19th Century, though her work is little known. A formidable intellect and central artistic and scholarly force in Paris, she was celebrated by savants and connoisseurs of the time but sadly did not achieve lasting fame.
We’re very excited to discover this gem of a trio which won her acclaim from the likes of Hector Berlioz.
Stuart Greenbaum’s Book of Departures was conceived in three chapters, which circle through a range of emotions, from triumphant, to nostalgic, to optimistic. Greenbaum considers minimalism, Jazz and Pop amongst his musical influences, and his works never fail to move and engage us.
Maurice Ravel had been mulling over his ideas for a Piano Trio for years but it was the outbreak of World War I, and the knowledge that he would have to depart to the front, that spurred him on to finally complete the project.
Ravel’s influences in writing the trio were various, including Basque dance (a heritage he felt great affinity with) and Malaysian poetry, to name two – and the result is a work sparkling with vitality and vigour, which, some hundred years after its composition, never fails to sound fresh and new.