This week Dr. Tobin begins an exporation of some of the works Frederic Chopin created while in Paris. Tobin is interested in how Paris might have influened Chopin and in particular to how Chopin created a unique language for the piano.
Awhile ago Dr. Tobin interviewed the world Debussy experts at a Debussy convnetion at UT Austin and put together a documentary filim. It was shot on the fly, without control of sound, image, and some conctent, but it honor the work of Claude Debussy.
Dr. Tobin discusses whole tone and black and white key combinations in the last Book II Prelude, Feux d’artifice, that promote a new means of progression and musical language. Fireworks is a culmination of the Preludes, recalls What the West Wind Saw, and paves the way for Debussy’s Etudes. The discussion endds with a live performance of Feux d’artifice in Wetzikon, Switzerland.
This week Dr. Tobin discusses this supernatural Prelude from Book II.
He shows the illustration which inspired it, Arthur Rackham’s illustration of the Fairies from “Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens” by J.M Barrie, which we have in the collection of Adams Music House!
Dr. Tobin avoids being too technical for too long, and concludes this post with a performance of The Fairies Are Exquisite Dancers on the piano Debussy composed it on, his Bluethner in Brive la-Gaillarde, a charming Medieval town in Central France.
We are pleased to announce the following master classes!
All are free for participants and observers, all are welcome to watch.
Contact Dr. Anthony Tobin to perform in one of the classes:
tony at adamsmusichouse.org
Dr. Stephen Burnaman of Huston Tillotson University will give a master class Saturday February 1st from 2-4:30PM.
Dr. Fritz Gechter of Texas A&M International University will give a master class Saturday March 7th from 2-4:30PM.
Sophia Gilmson, Professor of Piano Pedagogy at UT Austin, will give a master class Saturday April 4th from 2-4:30PM.
Dr. Kiyoshi Tamagawa of Southwestern University will give a master class Saturday April 11th from 2-4:30 PM.