Allemande, pavane and galliard belonged in the 16. and In the 17th century, these were among the popular dance models that began to take on a life of their own as instrumental movements. The Pavane Lord Salisbury by the Englishman Orlando Gibbons, who was in royal service, is a famous adaptation of the solemn scream dance. Maurice Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte revives the courtly dance culture of the Renaissance, for according to the composer, the piece is "a reminder of a pavane that a little princess might have danced in ancient times at the Spanish court." With his triptych Prélude, Choral et Fugue, César Franck also takes a look back to the glorious past of polyphonic musical art à la Bach, but created a highly romantic work. This bridges the gap between the epochs, at the end of which Franz Liszt's Sonata in B minor is a forward-looking work that is able to mediate between the classical form of the sonata and brilliant virtuosity.
Concert duration about 2 hours
Artist talk after the intermission