CROSSCURRENTS: SALON AND CONCERT HALL

AUGUST 13, 2021
Friday at 7 PM

Presented by the Bard Music Festival

Salons were a haven for the Parisian avant-garde, especially those of Boulanger’s colorful friend and patron, the sewing machine heiress Winnaretta Singer, Princesse Edmond de Polignac. It was there that many ensemble pieces first came to life, including Lipatti’s neo-Baroque Concertino.

Boulanger also led the first performance of Stravinsky’s “Dumbarton Oaks” Concerto, having instigated its creation; it was her idea for Washington’s Bliss family to commission the composer to write a Brandenburg-inspired piece for their private salon at the D.C. estate that gave the work its name.

Composed during the Nazi occupation of Paris and notable for the triumphant trumpet solo of its Finale, Honegger’s Second Symphony for Strings premiered at the Collegium Musicuum in Zurich.

Program

Nadia Boulanger Three Pieces, for cello and piano

Igor Stravinsky Concerto in E-flat, “Dumbarton Oaks”

Arthur Honegger Symphony No. 2 in D

Peggy Glanville-Hicks Prelude for a Pensive Pupil

Dinu Lipatti Concertino in the Classical Style, Op. 3

Artists

Leon Botstein conductor

Rebecca Miller conductor

Simone Dinnerstein piano

Tony Rymer cello

Bard Music Festival

The Bard Music Festival returns for its 31st season with an exploration of the life and work of Nadia Boulanger (1887–1979), the pioneering Parisian pedagogue, composer, conductor, pianist, organist, and indomitable personality who shaped more than a generation of American musicians. Through a series of themed concert programs, lectures, and panel discussions, Nadia Boulanger and Her World pays tribute to one of the most important female figures in the history of classical music.

The festival will present examples of Boulanger’s own, little-known oeuvre alongside music by her teachers and mentors, including Gabriel FauréLouis Vierne and Charles Marie Widor; her Parisian contemporaries, like Claude DebussyOlivier MessiaenFrancis PoulencMaurice RavelErik Satie and expats George GershwinCole Porter and Igor Stravinsky; her male students, including Jean FrançaixAstor Piazzolla, and illustrious Americans Marc BlitzsteinElliott CarterAaron CoplandPhilip GlassWalter Piston and Virgil Thomson; her female students, like Marcelle de ManziarlyThea MusgraveJulia Perry and Louise Talma; other women composers, Germaine Taillefaire and Lili Boulanger, Nadia’s celebrated sister, among them; and some of the bygone composers whose music she vociferously championed, like MonteverdiBach and Brahms.