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TWELFTH ANNUAL BARD MUSIC FESTIVAL CELEBRATES CLAUDE DEBUSSY AND HIS WORLD Eleven Concert Programs, Film Screenings, and Other Special Events Explore Debussy's Role in Creating a Distinctly French Voice in Music

Mark Primoff
845-758-7412
primoff@bard.edu
08-10-2001

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-The 12th annual Bard Music Festival, Debussy and His World, will celebrate the musical world of French composer Claude Debussy through two weekends of concerts and special events, August 10-12 and August 17-19. The festival features eleven concert programs covering a broad range of genres, including orchestral and chamber music, song repertoire, and choral music, as well as special events such as a symposium, film screenings, and panel discussions designed to bring Debussy's musical world and legacy vividly to life for concertgoers.

Programs will be organized around such topics as "French Nationalism and Music," "Cosmopolitan Paris before the War," and "The French Sacred Tradition." Featured along with Debussy's music will be works by Bizet, Gounod, Massenet, Saint-Saëns, Franck, Ravel, Stravinsky, Dukas, Chausson, Magnard, and others. Among the festival's highlights is "The Lure of the Exotic," a concert that presents three aspects of Debussy's exoticism-the Oriental, the Spanish, and the ancient Greek-through performances of music that captivated him (such as the Javanese gamelan music he heard at the Paris Universal Exposition in 1889 and the Spanish music he heard in Paris salons and cabarets), and through his observation of cultures other than his own. The Festival will also offer a performance of a seldom-heard Debussy orchestral work, Ode à la France. Works by French avant-garde filmmaker Germaine Dulac will be shown both weekends. Throughout the festival's concert programs there will be an emphasis on song literature by Debussy and his contemporaries.

As with past festivals, Princeton University Press will release a collection of essays and articles by noted scholars in conjunction with the festival. This season's volume, Debussy and His World, is edited by Jane Fulcher of Indiana University.

The Bard Music Festival, established in 1990, is an annual two-week event on Bard's scenic 600-acre campus overlooking the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains. Recitals and chamber concerts take place in Bard's intimate, 370-seat Olin Hall and the Chapel of the Holy Innocents. Orchestra concerts are presented in an 800-seat acoustical tent on the campus. Bard College is located 90 miles north of New York City and is readily accessible by train or car.

For ticket and program information, call the box office at 845.758.3226; write to the Bard Music Festival, Bard College, PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000; or visit the Bard Music Festival website at www.bard.edu/bmf.

Complete program details:
(Program and artists are subject to change)

Friday, August 10

PROGRAM ONE: Overview
Olin Auditorium
8:00 p.m. Preconcert Talk: Leon Botstein
8:30 p.m. Performance

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Ariettes oubliées (Verlaine) (1885-1903)
Dominique Labelle, soprano; Dennis Helmrich, piano

L'isle joyeuse (1903-04)
Jonathan Biss, piano

Estampes (1903)
Jonathan Biss, piano

String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10 (1893)
Colorado Quartet

Printemps, for piano four-hands and female chorus (1887; 1904)
New York Virtuoso Singers; Dennis Helmrich, piano; Karl Paulnack, piano;
James Bagwell, conductor

En blanc et noir (1915)
Jeremy Denk, piano; Jonathan Biss, piano

Saturday, August 11

PANEL ONE: French Nationalism and Music, 1870-1900
Bertelsmann Campus Center, Room 141, First Floor
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Jane Fulcher, chair, Edward Berenson, Steven Huebner, Carl Schorske

PROGRAM TWO: The French Musical Establishment of the Third Republic
Saturday, August 11, Olin Auditorium
1:00 p.m. Preconcert Talk: Robert Martin
1:30 p.m. Performance

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13 (1876)
Eugene Drucker, violin; Melvin Chen, piano

Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894)
Villanelle des petits canards (Gérard), from Six mélodies (1890)
Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
L'orage s'est calmé, from Les pêcheurs des perles (1863)
Leon Williams, baritone; Karl Paulnack, piano

Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
Venise (Musset), from Six mélodies (1855)
Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
Ah, je suis seule…Dis-moi que je suis belle, from Thaïs, act 2 (1894)
Reynaldo Hahn (1875-1947)
Le printemps
Sarah Pelletier, soprano; Dennis Helmrich, piano

Edouard Lalo (1823-1892)
Au fond des halliers (Theuriet) (1887)
Sarah Pelletier, soprano; Leon Williams, baritone; Dennis Helmrich, piano

Gabriel Pierné (1863-1937)
Le moulin
Benjamin Godard (1849-1895)
Chanson arabe
Ambroise Thomas (1811-1896)
O, vin dissipe la tristesse, from Hamlet (1868)
Leon Williams, baritone; Karl Paulnack, piano

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Sonata for Oboe and Piano in D Major, Op. 166 (1921)
Laura Ahlbeck, oboe; Jeremy Denk, piano

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
La bonne chanson (Verlaine), Op. 61 (1894)
Steven Tharp, tenor; Dennis Helmrich, piano

SPECIAL SHOWING: Films by Avant-Garde French Filmmaker Germaine Dulac
Saturday, August 11, Weis Cinema, Bertelsmann Campus Center
4:30 p.m.
Disque 957 (1928)
Themes et Variations (1928)
Etude cinematographique sur un arabesque (1929)
La souriante Madame Beudet (1922)

PROGRAM THREE: Debussy before Pelléas
Saturday, August 11, Festival Tent
7:30 p.m. Preconcert Talk: Steven Huebner
8:00 p.m. Performance

Bard Festival Orchestra; Leon Botstein, Karen and David Kates Chair, conductor

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

La damoiselle élue (Rossetti, trans. Sarrazin) (1887-88)
Sarah Pelletier, soprano; Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano; New York Virtuoso Singers,
Harold Rosenbaum, music director

Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra (1889-90)
Jonathan Biss, piano

L'enfant prodigue (Guinand) (1884)
Dominique Labelle, soprano; John Aler, tenor; François Le Roux, baritone

Sunday, August 12

PROGRAM FOUR: The French Sacred Tradition: Catholicism and Mysticism
Chapel of the Holy Innocents
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

James Bagwell, conductor; Christopher Creaghan, organ; New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, music director

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
From Messe à 4 voix

César Franck (1822-1890)
Pièce héroique (1878)

Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
Sanctus, from Messe solennelle No. 4 sur l'intonation de la liturgie catholique (1888)

Erik Satie (1866-1925)
Messe des pauvres (c.1893-95)

Ernest Chausson (1855-1899)
Vepres pour le commun des vierges, Op. 31

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Ave Maria
Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11 (1865)

Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Tantum ergo, Op. 2 (1886)

Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)
Laudate Dominum, from Four Motets, Op. 9 (1916)

PROGRAM FIVE: The Legacy of César Franck
Sunday, August 12, Olin Auditorium
1:00 p.m. Preconcert Talk: Christopher Gibbs
1:30 p.m. Performance

César Franck (1822-1890)
Piano Trio No. 4 in B Minor, Op. 2 (1842)
Juliette Kang, violin; Thomas Kraines, cello; Melvin Chen, piano

Henri Duparc (1848-1933)
L'invitation au voyage (Baudelaire) (1870)
Joseph Guy Ropartz (1864-1955)
La mer
Gabriel Pierné (1863-1937)
Les marionettes
Charles Bordes (1863-1909)
Sur un vieil air (Verlaine) (1895)
Pierre de Bréville (1861-1949)
Le furet de bois jolie (J. Benedict) (1896)
Ernest Chausson (1855-1899)
Le colibri (Leconte de Lisle), Op. 2, No. 7 (1882)
John Aler, tenor; Dennis Helmrich, piano

Albéric Magnard (1864-1914)
Quintet in D Minor, Op. 8, for piano and wind instruments (1894)
Randy Bowman, flute; Laura Ahlbeck, oboe; Laura Flax, clarinet;
Marc Goldberg, bassoon; Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano

Albert Roussel (1869-1937)
Prelude and Fugue, Op. 46 (1932-34)
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano

Déodat de Sévérac (1872-1921)
Les naïades et le faune indiscret, for piano (1908-19)
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano

Vincent d'Indy (1851-1931)

String Quartet No. 2 in E Major, Op. 45 (1897)
Laurie Smukler, violin; Juliette Kang, violin; Ira Weller, viola; Robert Martin, cello

PROGRAM SIX: Debussy's Allies and Admirers
Sunday, August 12, Olin Auditorium
4:30 p.m. Preconcert Talk
5:00 p.m. Performance

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Images, series 1, for piano (1901-05)
Jeremy Denk, piano

Paul Dukas (1865-1935)
Villanelle, for horn (1906)
Jeffrey Lang, horn; Dennis Helmrich, piano

Désiré-Emile Inghelbrecht (1880-1965)
Au jardin de l'infante
André Caplet (1878-1925)
En regardant un belles fleurs (Charles d'Orlean)
Steven Tharp, tenor; Dennis Helmrich, piano

Ernest Chausson (1855-1899)
Chanson perpétuelle (Cros), Op. 37, for soprano and piano quintet (1898)
Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano; Eric Wyrick, violin; Erica Kiesewetter, violin; Nardo Poy, viola; Jonathan Spitz, cello; Dennis Helmrich, piano

Charles Koechlin (1867-1950)
Quintet "Primavera," Op. 156, for flute, harp, violin, viola, cello (1936)
Randy Bowman, flute; Sara Cutler, harp; Eric Wyrick, violin; TBA, viola;
Jonathan Spitz, cello

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Jeux d'eau (1901)
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano

Sites auriculaires, for two pianos (1895-97)
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano; Melvin Chen, piano

Florent Schmitt (1870-1958)
Piano Quintet in B Major, Op. 51 (1902-08)
Colorado Quartet; Melvin Chen, piano

Friday, August 17

SYMPOSIUM: Literature and Painting in Fin-de-siècle Paris
Bertelsmann Campus Center, Room 141, First Floor
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Robert Martin, chair
Mark Antliff, Carol Ockman, Jerrold Seigel, Deborah Silverman, Marina van Zuylen

SPECIAL SHOWING: Films by Avant-Garde French Filmmaker Germaine Dulac
Friday, August 17, Weis Cinema, Bertelsmann Campus Center
4:30 p.m.
Disque 957 (1928)
Themes et Variations (1928)
Etude cinematographique sur un arabesque (1929)
La souriante Madame Beudet

PROGRAM SEVEN: The Lure of the Exotic
Friday, August 17, Olin Auditorium
7:00 p.m. Introduction to the Javanese Gamelan; Sam Quigley, commentator
8:00 p.m. Performance with commentary by James Parakilas

Javanese Gamelan
Works by I. M. Harjito and Friends

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut, from Images, series 2 (1907)
La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune, from Preludes, book 2 (1911-13)
Todd Crow, piano

Spain
Manuel García Matos (1912-1974)
Cuerpo bueno, alma divina
Pauline Viardot-García (1821-1920)
Havanaise
Sebastián de Yrodier (1809-1865)
Song
Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano; Dennis Helmrich, piano

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Lindaraja, for two pianos (1901)
Jean-Louis Haguenauer, piano; Todd Crow, piano
La soirée dans Grenade, from Estampes (1903)
Todd Crow, piano

Greece
Claude Debussy
La flûte de Pan, from Chanson de Bilitis (Louÿs), for voice and piano (1897-98)
Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano; Dennis Helmrich, piano

Syrinx, for flute (1913)
Danseuses de Delphes, from Preludes, book 1 (1910)
Todd Crow, piano
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, arranged for two pianos (1892-94; 1895)
Todd Crow, piano; Jean-Louis Haguenauer, piano

Saturday, August 18

PANEL TWO: Wagnerism and Symbolism
Saturday, August 18, Bertelsmann Campus Center, Room 141, First Floor
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
David Grayson, chair, Lydia Goehr, Rosemary Lloyd, Michael P. Steinberg

PROGRAM EIGHT: Cosmopolitan Paris before the War
Saturday, August 18, Olin Auditorium
1:00 p.m. Preconcert Talk: Jann Pasler
1:30 p.m. Performance

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Trois Poésies de la lyrique japonaise (1912-13)
Sarah Pelletier, soprano; Bard Festival Chamber Players; Sarah Rothenberg, piano

Alfredo Casella (1883-1947)
Sonnet (Ronsard), Op. 16 (1910)
Soleils conchants (Verlaine)
François Le Roux, baritone; Sarah Rothenberg, piano

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé (1913)
François Le Roux, baritone; Bard Festival Chamber Players; Sarah Rothenberg, piano

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé (1913)
François Le Roux, baritone; Sarah Rothenberg, piano

Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
From Goyescas, for piano (1912-14)
Compliments
Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
From Pièces espagnoles, for piano (1902-08)
Cubana
Andaluza
Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
From Iberia, book 4, for piano (1908)
Eritaña
Blanca Uribe, piano

Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)
Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 4 (1909-10)
Jay Humeston, cello; Monique Duphil, piano

Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)
String Quartet No. 1, Op. 5 (1912)
Juliette Kang, violin; Laurie Smukler, violin; Ira Weller, viola; Robert Martin, cello

PROGRAM NINE: Stylistic Tensions in the Middle Years: Tradition and Innovation
Saturday, August 18, Festival Tent
7:30 p.m. Preconcert Talk: Marie Rolf
8:00 p.m. Performance

Bard Festival Orchestra; Leon Botstein, Karen and David Kates Chair, conductor

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Fanfare from Le roi Lear (1904-06)
Danse sacrée et danse profane, for harp and strings (1904)
Sara Cutler, harp

Marche éccossaise sur un thème populaire (1894-6)

Jeux (1912-13)

Première rhapsodie, for clarinet and orchestra (1910-11)
Laura Flax, clarinet

Images (1905-12)

Sunday, August 19

PANEL THREE: Debussy and Music Today
Bertelsmann Campus Center, Room 141, First Floor
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Richard Wilson, chair, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Betsy Jolas, Sarah Rothenberg

PROGRAM TEN: The War Years

Sunday, August 19, Olin Auditorium
1:00 p.m. Preconcert Talk: Jane Fulcher
1:30 p.m. Performance

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Six épigraphes antiques, for piano four-hands (1914)
Jean-Louis Haguenauer, piano; Monique Duphil, piano
Noël des enfants qui n'ont plus de maison (1915)
Sarah Pelletier, soprano; Jean-Louis Haguenauer, piano

Erik Satie (1866-1925)
Trois Mélodies (1916)
Dana Hanchard, soprano; Sarah Rothenberg, piano

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Trois Chansons, for a capella chorus (1914-15)
New York Virtuoso Singers; Harold Rosenbaum, conductor

Paul Dukas (1865-1935)
Variations, interlude et finale sur un thème de Rameau (1899-1902)
Jean-Louis Haguenauer, piano

Claude Debussy
Sonata for Cello and Piano (1915)
Bion Tsang, cello; Sarah Rothenberg, piano

Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp (1915)
Randy Bowman, flute; Nardo Poy, viola; Sara Cutler, harp

Sonata for Violin and Piano (1916-17)
Karen Gomyo, violin; Monique Duphil, piano

PROGRAM ELEVEN: The Question of French Tradition
Sunday, August 19, Festival Tent
4:30 p.m. Preconcert Talk: Roy Howat
5:00 p.m. Performance

Bard Festival Orchestra; Leon Botstein, Karen and David Kates Chair, conductor

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

La plus que lente (1912)

Berceuse héroïque (1914)

Le jet d'eau (1907)
Susan Platts, soprano

Trois ballades de Villon (1910)
Leon Williams, baritone

Khamma (1911-12)

Ode à la France (Laloy) (1917)
Dana Hanchard, soprano; New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, music director

La mer (1903-5)

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(June 13, 2001)

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