A Bastille Day Celebration With French Composers

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Host David Dubal presents an all-French program ahead of Bastille Day. Although the program begins with the Baroque era’s Jean-Philippe Rameau and the Romanticism of Charles-Valentin Alkan, it turns quickly to the golden age of French piano music that began in the late 19th century. Paris at that time was the worldwide center of the arts and music flourished there. This was the time of composers such as Gabriel Faure, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, who helped forge a distinctly French musical identity and whose works for the instrument remain some of the most important pieces in the repertoire.

Dubal doesn't just play the greatest hits of French piano music. This week’s program includes part of a lesser-known concerto by Reynaldo Hahn, a quiet lullaby by Emmanuel Chabrier and an etude for the left hand by Camille Saint-Saens. And Dubal performs a sentimental little valse by Erik Satie called “Je Te Veux.”

Program details:

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Sauvages

Charles-Valentin Alkan: Sonatine Op. 61, first movement

Gabriel Faure: Impromptu No. 5, op. 102 

Reynaldo Hahn: Piano Concerto "Dance," second movement

Erik Satie: Je te Veux

Darius Milhaud: Scaramouche

Camille Saint-Saens: Prelude from Six Etudes for the Left Hand

Alexis Emmanuel Chabrier: Melancolie

Francis Poulenc: Finale of Concerto for Two Pianos

Francis Poulenc: Presto in B flat

Claude Debussy: Prelude no. 12

Maurice Ravel: Concerto in G Finale