FRENCH REBELLIONS - MUSIC OF ‘LES SIX’ - with flute, oboe, English horn & piano

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
1906 S. Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States

October 14 & 15, 2017: “FRENCH REBELLIONS – MUSIC OF LES SIX “ flute, piano, oboe, English horn

“Les Six” (French for ‘the six’) was a group of young French composer-friends (including one woman) involved together in various musical and artistic endeavors around 1920. Jean Cocteau, writer/designer. playwright became a ‘leader’ of them for awhile, and five of them jointly composed for Cocteau’s surrealistic, nonsensical and scandalous ballet The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower.

Due to various musical events of that time, ERIK SATIE was a presence with his brand of music growing, and he in fact began the formation of a group of composers around himself, with forerunners of what became Les Six. We begin and end our concert with music by Satie.

They were quite varied in their individual musical pursuits and styles, but are connected in the overall French art culture of their time and place. Their music is generally regarded as a rebellious reaction to the imposing style of Richard Wagner, the lush orchestral impressionism of Claude Debussy, and even to a degree, of Maurice Ravel’s style.


• Georges Auric – Aria, transcribed for oboe and piano; Prelude for piano
• Louis Durey – Song Without Words for piano; Nocturne for piano
• Arthur Honegger – Concerto da Camera for flute, English Horn and piano
• Darius Milhaud – Sonatine for flute and piano
• Francis Poulenc – Sonata for oboe and piano; Melancholie, for piano
• Germaine Tailleferre – Forlane for flute and piano; Pastorale for piano

AND two Works by ERIK SATIE:

Sonatine Bureaucratique, for piano (with written commentary during the performance, by Satie)
La Belle Excentrique (The Eccentric Beauty) for piano four-hands (in four exotic movements)


Elivi Varga – flute
Meghan Woodard, oboe and English horn
Katarzyna Salwinski, piano
Rollin Wilber, piano


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017 at 7:30 pm
IVY HALL – International Institute for Culture 6331 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19151
ADMISSION: $27/general; $22/seniors; $10/students

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm
THE ETHICAL SOCIETY BUILDING 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103
ADMISSION: $27/general; $22/seniors; $15/members; $10/students

INFORMATION: 215-803-9725 EMAIL: [email protected]

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