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Program Five • Entente Cordiale: Britain and France

August 6, 2023

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Program Five explores efforts to escape the hegemony of German influence by turning instead to a nearer neighbor. An A. E. Housman setting evoking the English countryside, Vaughan Williams’s song cycle On Wenlock Edge paradoxically incorporates techniques learned from Maurice Ravel, and proved a firm favorite with French audiences. Also on the program are piano works by Ravel and Debussy, together with French-inflected piano and chamber works by Arthur Bliss, Frederick Delius, Rebecca Clarke, John Ireland, and Herbert Howells, whose Piano Quartet is one of the great masterworks of British impressionism.


1 pm preconcert talk: Daniel M. Grimley
1:30 pm performance: Ariel Quartet; Michael Stephen Brown, piano; Danny Driver, piano; Luosha Fang, viola; Andrey Gugnin, piano; Piers Lane, piano; Nicholas Phan, tenor

John Ireland (1879–1962)

Decorations (1912–13)

Rebecca Clarke (1886–1979)

Morpheus (1917)

Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)

“La vallée des cloches” from Miroirs (1904–05)

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958)

On Wenlock Edge (1909)  

Claude Debussy (1862–1918)

Selections from Préludes, Book II (1912–13)

Frederick Delius (1862–1934)

Violin Sonata No. 2 (1923)

Arthur Bliss (1891–1975)

The Rout Trot (1927)

Herbert Howells (1892–1983)

Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 21 (1915, rev. 1936)


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