The Life and Music of Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Michael Tracy continues his lecture/concert series exploring the music and cultural milieu of the French Impressionist composer Maurice Ravel. Today Ravel ranks among 20th Century Greats: his ‘Bolero’ considered one of the 10 seminal musical compositions of the past century.
During Michael’s multi-media presentation, the audience will be transported back in time to the Belle Époque of Paris when artists like Picasso, Cocteau, Satie, Nijinsky and others were creating new genres in music, dance, opera, film and theater. Ravel’s impact will be seen in 20th century film scores, Broadway musical orchestration, and America jazz chords and harmonies. Though Ravel was influenced by American jazz (quite popular in Paris at the time) so were the great jazz composers of the 1920s and 1930s influenced by Ravel’s bold harmonies and orchestrations. Gershwin even asked Ravel for lessons!
Pianist Mark Salman who performed at our last season’s lectures will play some of Ravel’s most challenging and exquisite compositions for piano solo. Mark will accompany his son Jonathan in Ravel’s Cello Sonata.
Mark Salman has been hailed as a “heroic virtuoso”, and “a dazzling performer”. He performed in Seattle ‘A Chopin Celebration’ – a series of three recitals celebrating the composer’s 200th birthday in 2010, five recitals in honor of Liszt 200th birthday in 2011. Marc recently released a recording of the late Schubert sonatas and “Chopin’s Intimate Art: the Mazurkas”. Mark lives and teaches in Seattle.
Sunday, June 9 | 1pm