Electric Earth Concerts presents ‘Trois Frères’ in Jaffrey

William Purvis.

William Purvis. PHOTO BY BOB HANDELMAN

Ben England.

Ben England. COURTESY PHOTO

Mihae Lee

Mihae Lee COURTESY PHOTO

Published: 07-10-2024 12:01 PM

Electric Earth Concerts presents “Trois Frères” on Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m. at the First Church in Jaffrey,  14 Laban Ainsworth Way.

Three French composers come to life in the hands of pianist Mihae Lee and a band of eight musicians in the first of two collaborations this season with the Sebago-Long Lake Festival. Musicians are Stephen Taylor 0n oboe, Adrian Morejon on bassoon, Benjamin Fingland on clarinet, William Purvis on horn, Gabriela Diaz on violin, Thomas Kraines on cello and EEC Artistic Directors Laura Gilbert and Jonathan Bagg. 

The program includes “François Devienne: Quartet for Bassoon and Strings,” “Francis Poulenc: Sextet for Piano and Winds” and “Gabriel Fauré: Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 15.”

Devienne was born in France, the youngest of 14 children of a saddlemaker. After receiving his first musical training as a choirboy in his hometown, he played in various Parisian ensembles as soloist and orchestra player. Following the French Revolution, he was appointed flute professor at the Paris Conservatory. He wrote “Méthode de Flûte Théorique et Pratique” (1793), which was reprinted several times and helped improve the level of French wind music in the late 18th century

Fauré’s musical style influenced many 20th-century composers. Among his best-known works are his “Pavane,” “Requiem” and “Sicilienne,” nocturnes for piano and the song "Après un rêve.” Fauré's music has been described as linking the end of Romanticism with the modernism of the second quarter of the 20th century.

Poulenc was a French composer and pianist. His compositions include songs, solo piano works, chamber music, choral pieces, operas, ballets and orchestral concert music. Among his best-known works are the piano suite “Trois Mouvements Perpétuels,”  the ballet “Les Biches,” the concert champêtre for harpsichord and orchestra, the “Organ Concerto,” the opera “Dialogues des Carmélites” and the “Gloria” for soprano, chorus and orchestra.

General admission is $30, payable online at electricearthconcerts.org or via cash or check at the door. Students may attend for free. For information, contact joan.electricearth@gmail.com or call 603-499-6216.

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