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at The Mackintosh Church, Glasgow

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The Mackintosh Church, Garscube Road  |  3.30pm-5pm (approx) |  £14 / £5 Student / Under 16s free
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Ravel         Pièce en forme de Habanera [arr. Manson]
Fauré         Berceuse [arr. Manson]
Fauré         Après un rêve [arr. Manson]
Debussy     Golliwogg’s Cakewalk (from Children’s Corner, No.6)
Debussy     String Quartet in G minor, Op.10 [arr. Morton]
Debussy     Six Epigraphes Antiques [arr. Paillard]
Ravel         Petite symphonie à cordes [String Quartet arr. Barshai]

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.

The Mackintosh Church, Glasgow

Sun 29 May 2016 at 3:30 pm

Queen's Cross, 870 Garscube Road, Glasgow, G20 7EL United Kingdom

0141 353 8000