20h, Église Sainte-Eugénie de Saillagouse
Musique de chambre des Pays-Bas, de Catalogne et de France
Sebastian Huydts (Pays-Bas), Corentin Boissier (France), Moisès Bertran (Catalogne)
Sebastian Huydts (1966): Sonata Op. 40 (2018)
- Andante rubato
- Tranquillo e rubato
- Alla breve, tempo giusto
Ala Voronkova, violon; Sebastian Huydts, piano
- Crossing over parallel 38th (2020)
Ala Voronkova, violon; Guerassim Voronkov, piano
- Sis preludis per a piano
Guerassim Voronkov, piano
Corentin Boissier (1995): Sonata nº 1 pour violon et piano
- Lento grave – Allegro non troppo
- Scherzo – Presto con brio
- Recitativo – Allegro moderato ma risoluto
Ala Voronkova violon, Nicolas Licciardi, piano
Sebastian Huydts (b.1966) studied piano in Amsterdam with Edith Lateiner-Grosz at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In addition, he took post-graduate classes with Rian de Waal. He participated in piano master classes with György Sebök, Stephen Bishop, and Earl Wild, and took Chamber Music lessons with Tan Crone. He has performed solo, with orchestra and in chamber music throughout Northern Europe and the Midwestern USA and has appeared on Dutch, Spanish and Chicagoland radio. As a composer he has written repertoire for solo instruments as well as various ensembles ranging from duo to orchestra. His style seeks to combine 20th century innovations with traditional elements of Western music. His works consist of song cycles, sonatas, chamber music for various combinations, and concertos. Many of these works include the piano. In 1993, the Music Department of the University of Chicago awarded him a four-year stipend to study Composition. His professors there included John Eaton, Jay Alan Yim, Andrew Imbrie, Shulamit Ran and Marta Ptaszynska, Computer Music and Composition with Howard Sandroff, Conducting with Barbara Schubert, and Orchestration/Arranging with Cliff Colnot. While studying at the University of Chicago, he received the Paul and Olga Menn prize for original compositions for his Concerto For Piano And Double String Orchestra. He has received commissions from organizations such as the « Rhijnauwen Chamber Music Festival », the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, the Rembrandt Chamber Players, The Orion Ensemble, and Vents de Barcelona, as well as from individual artists Marion van den Akker, Keith Conant, Katinka Kleijn, Claire Chase, Eric Lamb, Noé Cantú and Elizabeth Ko. All works have been performed and recorded in past concert seasons. In 2004 his Music for Flute and Piano, recorded by Mary Stolper for Cedille Records, received a favorable review in the Gramophone. He has been Composer In Residence with and is member of Chicago’s New Music Ensemble CUBE. In this position, he received a grant from the American Composer’s Forum to write music for children’s concerts. Sebastian Huydts has taught at the College of the University of Chicago, Lake Forest College, Northwestern University and at the Merit School of Music in Chicago. At present he is the Acting Chair of the Music Department at Columbia College, where he is also Associate Professor and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies. Aside from his activities at the college level, he has co-taught orchestration with Cliff Colnot in the MFA Music Composition for the Screen program. In addition, he is involved in the pre-collegiate program at Sherwood Community Music School. He regularly performs with CUBE and with musicians from the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya. In Spain he is represented by Musicantes concert management. As of late 2009, his work is published by Jeanné, specialists in music for woodwinds and viola.
Corentin Boissier (1995) compose sur partition dès l’âge de six ans. Il est remarqué par le compositeur Thierry Escaich : « Il possède déjà de réelles qualités qui feront de lui un musicien complet. Il a déjà un véritable sens de la couleur harmonique, un sens de l’invention et surtout du renouvellement, une invention rythmique – bref, diverses ouvertures d’esprit qui laissent présager un réel tempérament de créateur ».
Après avoir suivi les cycles spécialisés d’Écriture et d’Orchestration au CRR de Paris où il obtient les deux Diplômes d’Etudes Musicales (DEM) avec « Mention Très Bien », il obtient en 2019 le Master d’Écriture Supérieure au CNSM de Paris avec quatre Prix « Mention Très Bien » : Harmonie, Contrepoint, Fugue & Formes, Polyphonie ; et sept Certificats (Orchestration, Arrangement, Analyse…) Son Mémoire sur Le mini piano concerto des années 40-60 : une vogue déclenchée par le « Warsaw Concerto » de Richard Addinsell a reçu les félicitations du jury.
Soucieux d’écrire une musique classique directement accessible, Corentin Boissier a composé à ce jour une vingtaine d’œuvres dans un esprit néo-romantique. Sa ballade pour saxophone alto et piano De Minuit à l’Aube est créée aux Musicales de Bagnac-sur-Célé de 2014 par le duo Christine Marchais et Marc Sieffert. Sa rencontre avec le jeune pianiste multi-lauréat Philippe Hattat donne lieu aux créations de sa Sonate pour piano n°1 « Romantica », de sa Double Toccata, de sa pièce de concert Solitude ainsi que de trois de ses 24 Preludes to Travel.
Ses trois pièces pour piano Romantic Young Ladies sont enregistrées et mises en ligne sur YouTube par la concertiste italienne Annarita Santagada. Son Glamour Concerto, version pour piano solo, est enregistré en 2016 au Québec par la concertiste Minna Re Shin. L’Aria of Past Times est interprétée successivement par la soprano Sayuri Araida, le baryton Aurélien Gasse, l’harmoniciste Claude Saubestre, la flûtiste Iris Daverio et le violoncelliste Eric Tinkerhess. Ce dernier crée en concert la Sonate pour violoncelle et piano avec l’auteur au piano.
Corentin Boissier and concert pianist Célia Oneto Bensaid at the Salle Cortot (Paris) after the world premiere of his Sonata Appassionata. Attiré par tous les aspects de l’Écriture musicale, Corentin Boissier consacre une part de son activité à l’orchestration et à l’arrangement. Entre autres, son orchestration de la 9ème des Neuf Pièces pour piano op. 24 d’Alfredo Casella est jouée par l’orchestre des Gardiens de la Paix en 2016 à l’Église Saint-Joseph des Nations ; son orchestration du Passepied de Debussy est donnée en concert à l’Auditorium Marcel Landowski à Paris ; son arrangement du standard jazz Caravan, pour le Local Brass Quintet, est joué au Musée de l’Orangerie, à Paris, en 2017. À propos de son orchestration de l’Humoresque de Poulenc, le compositeur Nicolas Bacri lui écrit : « Bravo pour votre orchestration. C’est très bien entendu et tout à fait dans le style ».
En février 2018, sa Sonate pour piano n°2 « Appassionata » a été créée à la Salle Cortot, à Paris, par la concertiste Célia Oneto Bensaid. Un enregistrement vidéo réalisé en studio a été mis en ligne sur YouTube. L’Association « Le Capil » pour la Promotion du Patrimoine de La Llagonne le nomme Coordinateur artistique chargé des concerts de musique classique (musique de chambre et musique instrumentale) organisés chaque année durant la saison estivale à La Llagonne (Pyrénées-Orientales).
Ses deux concertos pour piano et orchestre (Glamour Concerto et Philip Marlowe Concerto) ont été enregistrés par la concertiste britannique Valentina Seferinova et l’Ukrainian Festival Orchestra sous la direction du chef d’orchestre américain John McLaughlin Williams.
Sebastian Huydts: Sonata
I started the Sonata for Violin and Piano Opus 40 in the fall of 2009, but I did not find a satisfactory way to develop the work to its full potential. As such, I left the sonata unfinished until summer 2018, when new ideas as well as the request from the violin- piano duo Bow and Hammer motivated me to pick up the work again. While I kept most of the original thematical material, I reworked the structure, and added a fourth movement to bring the work to a close.
The careful listener may find this music intense, and discern a state of conflict offering scant moments of respite. Vaguely dissonant underlying sonorities disturb even the tranquil passages; calm is always deceptive and an ominous unease permeates the music. Unlike most of my works, no literary influence exists, although I admit that the times we live in have had a pronounced effect on my musical thought. Spread over four movements, the work is lengthy. While writing longer works may not be common contemporary practice, I felt that the the musical objects I used called for ample time to completely develop and transform their potential to reach a satisfactory experience on the part of the listener. As such, the sonata follows in the footsteps of the great composers for this genre.
The first movement introduces a long phrase performed by the violin and accompanied by the piano in so-called open fifths. This creates the solemn and serious atmosphere that prevails until the piano introduces a repetitive knocking motive in the bass, like someone desparatily seeking attention. Tension increases, a climax is reached that is suddenly interrupted, making way for charged silence and sparsity. Little by little the energy dissipates to allow the movement to end in calm resignation.
The opening of the second movement lifts the first movement’s dark atmosphere, and starts off as a virtuoso, almost careless scherzo. This joyful atmosphere is not to last, for the bubbly passagework suddenly transforms into something rather disquieting. The ensuing passage gradually dies down to make way for a contrasting middle section that introduces irregularly repeated chords with trills followed by long declamatory lines. Steely and repetitive, like the bars of a cage, the repeated chords intensify their dissonance and accompany the violin in a procession-like section eventually culminating in an angular, decidedly more demonic restatement of the beginning of the scherzo movement. Suddenly, the knocking bass motive from the first movement returns, leading to a similar climax as before. Again the music abruptly stops without reaching a conclusion. Instead, a few jack-hammer like chords follow and the propulsive energy from before seemingly dissipates. Yet, over soaring long tones held by the violin, the tension persists until the very last moment.
The third movement finds a balance between repose and calm inquietude. Previously heard melodies and motives return— harmonically speaking—in a far more relaxed atmosphere, largely free of the jarring dissonance heard earlier. But the deceptive calm that reigns for almost half the movement’s duration feel more like a bleak winter sun after a period of stormy weather. Inevitably, a darker mood creeps in once again. The opening phrase of the first movement returns, this time in more regular and predictable rhythm. Unlike the previous movements, the music avoids violence as a slow upward transposition tries to escape from the dark. A transformed climax of the previous movements ensues. Rather than the expected catharsis, it instead offers a prolonged state of warmth and bliss that gradually desintegrates as the movement draws to a close.
The last movement follows the previous one without pause. As if to make a point, the violin re-introduces—and incessantly repeats—the last bars of the first movement’s opening phrase, accompanied by the piano with an irregular ostinato. In an extended development section that consists of an amalgamation of all events previously heard in the sonata, the disconcerting knocking motive of the first and second movements returns again, leading to a tumultuous repeat of the climactic section of the first movement mixed with the rhythms of the last. This time, the climax is completely worked out and runs its course after which the frenetic energy dissipates to make way for a brief moment of confusion, out of which a reminiscence of the very opening of the sonata appears, interjected by sinister little reminders of the ostinato of the last movement. In the concluding measures the movement gradually reaches a state of resignation. The work is dedicated to Katharyn Cho and Elizabeth Newkirk of the Duo « Bow and Hammer », in recognition of their tireless promotion of classical chamber music in innovative settings. The duration of the sonata is ca. 39 minuts.
Moisès Bertran. Born in Catalunya in 1967 and also a Colombian citizen since 2011, Moisès Bertran i Ventejo holds the degrees of Piano; Solfeggio and Theory; and Composition from the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu de Barcelona. He has also earned the degrees of Master in Music and Doctor in Musical Arts from The Hartt School (University of Hartford-USA). His main teachers have been Salvador Pueyo and James Sellars for composition, and Maria Jesús Crespo and Luiz de Moura Castro for piano performance.
Recipient of several international prizes, he has taught piano, theory, analysis, orchestration and composition in Spain as well as in the USA and in Colombia, working for several institutions as follows: Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu de Barcelona; The Hartt School – University of Hartford (USA) and Universidad EAFIT (Medellín, Colombia), being in this last one the Dean of the Music Department. From 2008 to 2010 he was the Dean of the Conservatorio de Música of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá, where he currently is Tenure Professor in Composition with Exclusive Dedication.
His compositional output, nowadays with over 100 titles, ranges from piano solo works, chamber music, vocal music, opera, choir and symphonic pieces. In the past he revised and finished the Quintet for piano and strings op. 49 in g minor based on the surviving original manuscripts by Enric Granados, published by Editorial Boileau and recorded under the label COLUMNA MÚSICA [1CM0082-2001]. Also with this label he issued two monographic CDs of his music entitled: Variacions i Fantasia [1CM0172-2007], music for piano solo, piano four hands and chamber music; and Suau, la teva veu [1CM0307-2012), a production on his Lied output. In the past April 2016, he launched a new monographic CD with part of his symphonic music, together with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, featuring conductor Guerassim Voronkov, with whom in October 2017 premièred his first opera, The last day of Francisco Pizarro at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and also at the prestigious South-American hall Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo. Currently he is preparing a new monographic CD under the label COLUMNA MÚSICA together with performers Ala Voronkova and Guerassim Voronkov entitled Camins de vidre which will contain chamber music with an emphasis on the violin and written mainly to the request of Ala Voronkova; it will also feature the first commercial recording of Six Preludes for piano.
He has recently started to compose music with traditional instruments. With traditional Korean instruments he has composed: Haebangchon Trio, for Haegeum, Daegeum and Gayageum; Imagined recollections, for Haegeum, Piri-Taepyongso, Piano and Percussion; and A Gimhae Fantasy, for Gayageum ensemble and two percussionists. Tres Instants en la Memòria is his contribution to repertoire for the Tenora (Catalan wind double-reed instrument) as a concertino for the instrument and symphonic orchestra.
From 2003 to 2008 he was the Director of the Semana Colombo-Catalana, festival of Colombian and Catalan contemporary music in Colombia sponsored principally by the Institut Ramon Llull (Catalunya), and the Colombian universities Universidad EAFIT and Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He was elected member of the American Music Honor Society Pi Kappa Lambda in 1994 and also member of the Associació Catalana de Compositors (ACC) since 1993. Clivis Publicacions, La Mà de Guido, Amalgama-Tritó, Dinsic Publicacions Musicals and Editorial Boileau publish his music. www.moisesbertran.com
Crossing over parallel 38th (2020), it is originally the second movement of Imagined recollections, the result of a commission by wonderful Korean Haegeum performer Kang Eun-Il. Imagined recollections dwells upon the times of the Korean War and it is composed in three movements by the titles of “Feeling anguish in the air”; “Crossing over parallel 38th”; and “Dancing round for a new hope”. Crossing over parallel 38th expresses the impossibility of crossing the border between the two Koreas and broadly expresses the wish for the reunification of devided lands and peoples; expresses in short the wish for a peaceful world. Originally scored for traditional Korean Haegeum and piano, this new version for violin and piano stands as an independent work and it is dedicated to my beloved Ju-Yong Ha, key person for my work with Korean music and great support and inspiration.
Six Preludes for Piano (2011). I compose the initial ideas for this work during a staying of several months in Budapest (Hungary) in the second half of 2010. I wrote the initial gestures of each of the piano preludes in one evening when the inspiration for composing a new piece for piano captivated me; writing a collection of piano preludes working each one on a single interval. That way they were born: Prelude I, playing with the interval of the second; Prelude II, working on thirds; Prelude III, on fourths: Prelude IV, based on fifths; Prelude V, on sixths; and Prelude VI, playing primarily with intervals of sevenths. This was only the initial idea that made me start the beginnings of each one of them; some months later I reassumed the work to finish the composition of the set in January 2011. A year later I revised the work and gave the pieces their final presentation. Despite the initial technical intervallic thought for the piano preludes, the work wants to be an inspired collection of suggesting pieces midway between a collection of piano studies and a set of character pieces. The form for each one is free, in the genuine prelude stile. Six Preludes for piano was given the Prize Maria Dolors Calvet i Prats, in Vilafranca del Penedès (Catalunya) in June 2012 and it is published by DINSIC Publicacions Musicals – Barcelona (www.dinsic.com)