Santa Barbara Music Club

Chopin and Bassett

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Saturday, February 25, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Faulkner Gallery

This concert features two works: Frédéric Chopin’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 65, performed by Larissa Fedoryka and Natasha Kislenko, and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Leslie Bassett’s Configurations, for Solo Piano, performed by Leslie Hogan.

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) is best known for his music for solo piano, which runs the gamut from heartbreaking simplicity to dazzling virtuosity.  He also greatly admired the cello:  of the handful of chamber works he wrote, three were for cello and piano, including the Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 65.  Composed in 1845-46 for his friend, the Parisian cellist Auguste Franchomme (1808–1884), it was the last of Chopin’s works to be published in his lifetime.

A native of Hanford, California, Leslie Bassett (1923-2016) taught from 1952-1992 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, nurturing student composers even as he continued to develop as a creative artist.  Among his many awards were the Pulitzer Prize in Music (1966), two Guggenheim Fellowships, and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  Configurations (1987) is a set of five movements for solo piano, commissioned by the Music Teachers Association of California.  The movements encapsulate many of the characteristics shared by all of Bassett’s music:  lyricism, shifting textures, and a flexible approach to meter and form.

Image:  Leslie Bassett, c. 1966