I performed Syrinx after viewing the spectacular Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect exhibit in preparation for Dolce Suono Trio’s performance at the Brandywine River Museum on September 9. Here I was playing on the bank of the Brandywine River outside the museum.
Our program will include music by Dvořák, Debussy, Sibelius, Gaubert, Bernstein, Andrea Clearfield, and Jennifer Higdon’s American Canvas for Flute, Cello, and Piano, a DSE-commissioned work with each of three movements devoted to a great American painter: O’Keeffe, Pollock, and Wyeth.
We played an exciting concert yesterday: “Debussy and the Baroque” on my Dolce Suono Ensemble Presents home series in Philadelphia. I am fortunate to make music with wonderful colleagues – Anthony Newman, harpsichord, Nathan Vickery, cello, Burchard Tang, viola, Elizabeth White Clark, harp, Jonathan Blumenfeld, oboe, and Shelley Showers, horn – in a program of Rameau, Couperin, Debussy, Stucky, and Newman. We performed Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp but I didn’t slip Syrinx onto the program, which was quite full of music, so I played my daily Syrinx after the concert.
I played Syrinx in a practice room at Curtis’s Lenfest Hall while I was waiting for cellist Nathan Vickery to come rehearse with me. We were preparing works by Rameau and Couperin for our performance with Anthony Newman, harpsichord, at our Dolce Suono Ensemble concert on Sunday.
Tonight I interspersed Syrinx with Couperin’s Concert royaux #3, which my Dolce Suono Ensemble will be performing on Sunday, April 28 with our distinguished guest artist Anthony Newman, harpsichordist. Nathan Vickery, cello, and I will join him in the Couperin. I was practicing the many florid ornaments in the piece.
Our program “Debussy and the Baroque” highlights Debussy’s admiration for his French Baroque forebears Rameau and Couperin, along wtih his late masterpiece Sonata for flute, viola, and harp and Steven Stucky’s Sonate en forme des Préludes, for the oboe, horn, and harpsichord combination Debussy sketched out as part of his sonata cycle but left unwritten when he died.