What’s Interesting About This Program
- Three Studies after Couperin by British composer Thomas Adès is an ingenious arrangement of three harpsichord pieces by the French Baroque master, François Couperin.
- World Premiere: California Symphony Young American Composer-in-Residence Katherine Balch (2017-2020) hand selected the three voices for this work, which is based on Les Illuminations by French poet Rimbaud. Balch’s narrative intertwines the original French words with the English translation.
- Often categorized as “impressionist composers”, Debussy and Ravel were the two most important and influential French composers of the early 20th century. Nostalgic and fantastical, Ma mère I’Oye (Mother Goose) is Ravel’s charming musical homage to scenes from fairy tales including Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, and the Enchanted Garden.
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Thomas AdèsThree Studies from Couperin
BalchIlluminate (World Premiere)
Debussy Danse (orch. Ravel)
Ravel Ma Mère l'Oye (Mother Goose)
Kelly Guerra, mezzo-soprano
Molly Netter, soprano
Alexandra Smither, soprano