In 1915, painfully missing the works of French composers from European stages, Debussy decided to revive characteristically French music. His stalwartness was boosted by his horrification and disgust, similar to the feelings of his fellow countrymen, caused by the presence of Germain soldiers on the streets of Paris – he still had vivid memories of the horrors of the French-Prussian war four decades earlier. He was hoping that the real „musique francaise” reborn following the tracks of great predecessors, Rameau and Couperin could reinforce a bit the manhandled self-esteem of the French. He had planned six sonatas for various instruments but his aggravating illness let him finish three only. The third Sonata in G minor for violin and piano became the last finished piece of his life; the world premiere was held at the Salle Gaveau in Paris on May 5th, 1917. Debussy himself was sitting at the piano and he asked the wonderful young violinist, Gaston Poulet to be his partner. This work – as well as a sonata by César Franck and one by Bartók – will be played by Attila Falvay and Balázs Fülei in the Klebelsberg Kultúrkúria on March 3rd.
In 1998 the Christie’s auction house in London modified their previously used classification of art history eras and the indicative ’contemporary’ could only be attributed to works made after 1970. This label is perfect for the title and programme of the Hungarian contemporary composers’ evening in March: the pieces, moreover, one of the composers were born after 1970. At the concert Balázs Fülei will play works by László Dubrovay, Iván Madarász, Gyula Fekete, Péter Tóth, Gyula Bánkövi and András Gábor Virágh. The date is March 26th, the venue is the Music Collection of the Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library.
Photo: Yoav Eitel
SOLO RECITAL AND MASTERCLASS IN KIEV
Wooden columns covered with horsehair and faux marble veneer – allegedly, the legendarily good acoustics of the hall of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine is due to this mixture. From 1917 the building served as the Proletarian House of Arts and since 1923 it has given place for the National Philharmonic of Ukraine as well. Concerts were held here even during the German occupation; German officers have installed a small backstage entertainment corner for themselves and their lady guests. Balázs Fülei will give a solo recital on March 29th between these walls that have seen so much with the works of Liszt, Chopin, Janáček, Cikker, Kodály and Bartók on the programme and, on the previous day, will held a chamber music masterclass at the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine.
National Philharmonic of Ukraine
BARTÓK RADIO DAY
The Bartók Radio will celebrate Béla Bartók’s birthday a day earlier, on March 24th inviting the interested guests with free programmes including a wide range of music genres. The concert of the Auer Trio will begin at half past five in the Marble Hall and both pieces they will play were born in Vienna in 1795: the Piano Trio in C major by Haydn, the composer monarch celebrated all over Europe, and the Piano Trio in C minor by the 25-year-old Beethoven who was longing to be Haydn’s student.
CONCERTS COMING TO YOUR HOME
Balázs Fülei has been touring Hungary with his informative programmes for years to bring music closer to children who very rarely or never have the opportunity to go to concerts. In February he held special music classes titled ‘Dances of the World” presenting dance music written for piano: from baroque suites to tango, from Norwegian peasant dances to czardas.