String Quartet [arr. Morton]
A collection of short evocative gems [arr. Manson]
Après un rêve
La Danse de la Poupee en Chiffon
Pièce en form de Habanera
Six Epigraphes Antiques [arr. Paillard]
Petite symphonie à cordes [arr. Barshai]
Scottish Ensemble celebrates Debussy, Ravel and Fauré in this concert as part of Aberdeen Music Hall’s Rêverie weekend.
If the music of Debussy and Ravel is known for its liberating historical leap into a freer, more nuanced palette of sound, the string orchestra arrangements of some of their most well-known pieces add yet another layer.
The natural expressiveness of strings, from the low, rich timbre of the double bass to the suspended shimmer of the violin’s highest register, provides a fascinating canvas upon which we can open up the heady impressionism of the two composers. Debussy’s only String Quartet is followed by the exotic, pagan-tinged story-telling of his Epigraphes, originally written for piano. Barshai’s arrangement for string orchestra of Ravel’s String Quartet in F major, commissioned by SE, is matched with an array of his shorter works to create a beautiful patchwork of textures and colours.
This concert is part of Rêverie, a new weekend of events celebrating musical impressionism. From Friday 15 to Tuesday 19 March 2019, Aberdeen’s Music Hall will play host to a series of concerts, discussions, talks and workshops which will shine a light on the life and music of Debussy, Ravel and their contemporaries. For more information, visit the Aberdeen Performing Arts website.