PANDEIROS- ILLUMINATIONS VISIONAIRE
Concerto for Flute and Harp
Illuminations Visionaire is a colourful three movement Concerto for Flute and Harp which is
inspired by ancient prophetic writings and centred on the ancient elements of Earth, Water, Fire and Air
TCHAIKOVSKY – SLEEPING BEAUTY SUITE
Ballet based on a late 17th C French fairy tale
Tchaikovsky, a naturally gloomy, tormented figure – enjoyed writing ballet music because he could escape to a make-believe world, sometimes recapturing the innocence and happiness of his youth.
Sleeping Beauty, the second of his three great ballet scores was written in 1888-89. He liked the scenario and enjoyed writing the music but didn't live to see it become one of the great ballets world-wide
DEBUSSY - PRÉLUDE À L'APRÈS-MIDI D'UN FAUNE
His most famous work – a stream of beautiful music that is his response to a poem by Stéphane Mallarmé. It does not aim to be a synthesis of the poem; rather it mirrors the sensuous pagan scene with the Faun, half man, half beast, dozing on Mount Etna in the sunshine of a sultry afternoon. In his lascivious dreams, he sees beautiful nymphs and thinks he is about to grasp their beauty - but they vanish. Completed in October 1894 it was a landmark as it changed the world of music and established Debussy, at that time a little-known composer, as a force to be reckoned with.
BERLIOZ - SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE
Symphonie Fantastique is its sub-title - the work's title is Episode in the life of an artist - it tells the story of an acutely sensitive young artist, who encounters a beautiful young woman he falls desperately in love with. He had a weakness for women and his infatuation for Irish actress Harriet Smithson who was introducing Shakespeare to Paris was well known – his imagination ran riot in writing a work born of the fantasies and day-dreams, dreams and nightmares that she inspired in him.