Becoming Modern: Sarah Rothenberg, Piano

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Chopin: Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 17, No. 4
Satie: Fantasie-Valse
Debussy: Valse romantique
Satie: 2 Gymnopédies (Lent et triste, Lent et grave)
Chopin: Berceuse, Op. 57
Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
Ravel: Excerpts from Miroirs (Oiseaux tristes, Une barque sur l'océan)
Satie: From Le fils des étoiles (Prelude to Act I: La Vocation)
Debussy: from Preludes, Book I (...Voiles, ...Des pas sur la neige, ...Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest)

Drawing inspiration from the French artists represented in the Menil Collection's concurrent exhibit of masterpieces from Eugène Delacrox to Paul Cezanne, Sarah Rothenberg traces a parallel trajectory in piano works from the same period. From the explosively imaginative young Fréderic Chopin, who arrived in Paris at the age of 21, to the iconoclastic Erik Satie, an inspiration to the Surrealists and the Dadaists, these composers paved a way to the musical avant-garde. The expressive range of the piano was forever transformed through these composers' inventions of new pianistic sounds and colors.

“[Sarah Rothenberg is] a prolific and creative thinker.” – Wall Street Journal

“an excellent pianist with an interesting mind.” -- The New York Times

Presented in conjunction with The Menil Collection’s exhibition Becoming Modern: Nineteenth-Century French Drawings from the Morgan Library & Museum and the Menil Collection, February 20–May 17, 2015
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