Boston Chamber Music Society Presents: Caprice, Café, and Cabaret: Music by Debussy, Schoenfield, Schoenberg

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290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA
United States

Debussy’s Caprices en blanc et noir for two pianos, emerging from the composer’s own illness and concern for France’s involvement in World War I, is full of literary allusions and musical references. Schoenfield’s Cafe Music for piano trio (1986) is a virtuosic romp through various twentieth-century American and European musical styles such as Broadway, Viennese, Romani, light classical and others. Schoenberg’s groundbreaking melodrama Pierrot Lunaire is a melodic and harmonic landscape freed from traditional tonal structures. A soprano narrates the story of the titular character using sprechstimme, a type of sung speech drawn from German cabaret.

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  1. Debussy: Caprices en blanc et noir for Two Pianos, L. 134 (1915)

  2. Paul Schoenfield: Café Music (1986)

  3. Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21 (1912)

    Lucy Shelton, soprano
    Tara O'Connor, flute
    Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet
    Jennifer Frautschi, violin
    Raman Ramakrishnan, cello
    Max Levinson, piano
    Benjamin Hochman, piano