October 14 & 15, 2017: “FRENCH REBELLIONS – MUSIC OF LES SIX “


Music of LES SIX

flute, piano, oboe, English horn

Les Six (Jean Cocteau at piano)
Standing, from left to right:
Darius Milhaud,
a sketch by Cocteau of Georges Auric on the wall,
Arthur Honegger, Germaine Tailleferre,
Francis Poulenc, Louis Durey

“Les Six” (French for ‘the six’)  was a group of young French composer-friends (including one woman) involved together in various musical and artistic endeavors around 1920. Jean Cocteau, writer/designer. playwright became a ‘leader’ of them for awhile, and five of them jointly composed for Cocteau’s surrealistic, nonsensical and scandalous ballet The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower. 

Due to various musical events of that time, ERIK SATIE was a presence with his brand of music growing, and he in fact began the formation of a group of composers around himself, with forerunners of what became Les Six. We begin and end our concert with music by Satie.

They were quite varied in their individual musical pursuits and styles, but are connected in the overall French art culture of their time and place. Their music is generally regarded as a rebellious reaction to the imposing style of Richard Wagner, the lush orchestral impressionism of Claude Debussy, and even to a degree, of Maurice Ravel’s style.

MUSIC of Les Six:

Georges Auric – Aria, transcribed for oboe and piano; Prelude for piano
Louis Durey – Song Without Words for piano; Nocturne for piano
Arthur Honegger – Concerto da Camera for flute, English Horn and piano
Darius Milhaud – Sonatine for flute and piano

Francis Poulenc – Sonata for oboe and piano; Melancholie, for piano
Germaine Tailleferre – Forlane and Pastorale, for flute and piano

AND le Logis d'Erik Satie per Santiago Rusinol, 1891

 Works by ERIK SATIE

Sonatine Bureaucratique, for piano
(with written commentary during the performance, by Satie)

La Belle Excentrique (The Eccentric Beauty) for piano four-hands
(in four exotic movements)

Elivi Varga – flute
Meghan Woodard, oboe and English horn
Katarzyna Marzec-Salwinski, piano
Rollin Wilber, piano


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017 at 7:30 pm

IVY HALL – International Institute for Culture
6331 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19151Concerts At Ivy logo

ADMISSION: $27/general; $22/seniors; $12/students
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm

1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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ADMISSION: $27/general; $22/seniors; $15/members, students
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