An American in Paris

About the Program

The bustling Parisian streets just before darkness, when the city turns into a sombre scenery.  The noise of nightlife. Reality and dream merge: images forlorn and places long lost emerge in the night.
Other-worldly music comes with the morning light. Driving to the suburbs. All that is left of the romance is rancour. Tense discussions. Back to the city, among the taxi horns and blue French sky. Between the exuberant mood, our protagonist, full of melancholy, looks back.

Program

Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942): Hot Sonate (1930)
for alto saxophone and piano (15′)

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Ma mere l’oye (1908/10)
arr. for soprano saxophone and piano by C. Papandreopoulos (14’)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Images (second book) (1907)
for solo piano (11′)
– Cloches à travers les feuilles (mélancolie diffuse)
– Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fût
– Poissons d’or

Intermission

Claude Debussy: Syrinx (1913)
arr. For solo soprano saxophone (3′)

Ned Rorem (*1923): Picnic on the Marne (1983)
for Alto Saxophone and Piano (15′)

George Gershwin (1898-1937): An American in Paris (1928)
for soprano, alto and tenor saxophone and piano (16’)