Eyran Katsenelenbogen’s performance, inspired by Claude Debussy’s Arabesque No. 1 and the musical style of Stevie Wonder, took place in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston on July 14, 2012, as part of the faculty recital of the conservatory’s School of Continuing Education annual Summer Piano Institute, titled Debussy and His World, in celebrations of the sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the composer’s birth.
During the faculty concert, pianists Geoffrey Burleson, Eyran Katsenelenbogen and Kenneth Hamilton, who participated in the Debussy and His World Summer Piano Institute, shed light on Debussy’s music through performances relating to his work. Geoffrey Burleson open the concert with six Etudes by Camille Saint-Saëns, Eyran Katsenelenbogen followed with four improvisations on Debussy, and Kenneth Hamilton concluded the concert with pieces by Charles-Valentin Alkan, Franz Liszt and Debussy’s L’Isle joyeuse.
Katsenelenbogen opened his performance with Prélude, inspired by Debussy’s Préludes for piano; he followed with improvisations on three additional compositions by the composer: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun), Arabesque No. 1 and Rêverie.
Co-directed by Donald Berman and Marilyn Roth, Debussy and his World continues a series of summer Piano Institutes that began in 2007 with The Piano Music of Schumann and Brahms, followed by The Piano Music of Frederic Chopin in 2008, Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn in 2009, Clara and Robert Schumann in 2010, and Franz Liszt and his Circle in 2011. The institute brings together pianists, piano teachers, and musicologists interested in synthesizing new scholarship, historical performance practice, and historical recordings to inform their playing, teaching, and interpretation.
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