Music: Sun Feb 19

Music suggestive of churches, holy places, and prayer is featured in the Prelude this Sunday morning at CUUC. Claude Debussy’s massive evocation of the Catherdral of Ys, which rises and sinks with the sun, according to the Medieval legend, opens the Prelude. Isaac Albéniz’s depiction of Córdoba, Spain, home of the greatest mosque outside of the Middle East, built upon the ruins of an earlier church and Roman temple and festooned with a Renaissance-era cathedral at its center, follows.

Other works evoke martial or bellicose associations. Schumann’s festive “War Song” is a popular number from a collection of pieces written for young piano students. The first of Johannes Brahms’s Four Ballades, Op. 10 is a programmatic depiction of the Scottish legend of Edward, a young warrior guilty of parricide. Mozart’s celebrated “Rondo all turca”, the last movement of his Piano Sonata in A Major, K. 331, features imitations of Turkish military music, all the rage in the Vienna of the composer’s day. Read on for programming details.

Prelude: Adam Kent, piano
From Préludes, Book I
            La cathédrale engloutie
                                    Claude Debussy
From Cantos de España
                                    Isaac Albéniz

Opening Music:
Kriegslied, Op. 68, No. 31 (War Song)
                                                Robert Schumann

Ballade in D Minor, Op. 10, No. 1 “Edward”
                                                Johannes Brahms

Rondo all turca
                                                Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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