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Arthur Haas performs keyboard music by Rameau and others May 8

April 22, 2013

Recital also includes music by Corelli, Geoffroy, and Alessandro Scarlatti

haas_arthurAmerican harpsichordist Arthur Haas, renowned worldwide for his performances of French baroque and contemporary music, will perform at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments on Wednesday, May 8 at 5:30 pm. Haas is a member of the Yale School of Music faculty.

Titled “Oh! The Things You Will See: Rameau Goes South”, the concert will feature early works by Jean-Philippe Rameau, one of the leading French composers of his time, and follows him in his travels southward to Italy, a country represented by composers such as Alessandro Scarlatti, who was best known for his operas.

Jean-Phillipe Rameau was one of the most influential Baroque composers of the eighteenth century. He was the leading French composer of opera and harpsichord music of his time. Initially, his revolutionary use of harmony was attacked by more traditional musical consumers; by the 1750s, however, Rameau was criticised in an incident known as the “Querelle des Bouffons,” in which those who favored Italian opera viciously attacked him as an “establishment” composer.

The concert will also include an 18th-century harpsichord transcription of one of Arcangelo Corelli’s Concerti Grossi, as well as the Suite in G minor by French composer Jean-Nicolas Geoffroy. Known for his inventive harmonies, Geoffroy was author of the largest collection of harpsichord music of 17th-century France.

Admission to the performance is free, but reservations are suggested due to limited space; the public should call 203-432-0822 to reserve seats. The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments is located at 15 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven.

This concert will stream LIVE online at music.yale.edu/media.

For more information, visit yale.edu/musicalinstruments or contact the Collection of Musical Instruments at 203-432-0822.

About Arthur Haas

Arthur Haas studied harpsichord in Berkeley and Amsterdam from 1972 to 1977, Paris from 1976 to 1977, and at the Juilliard School in New York from 1970 to 1971. In 1975, he received the top prize in the Paris harpsichord competition, and remained in France where he was featured in most major French music festivals, including le Festival Estival de Paris, Mai Musical de Bordeaux, and the Saintes Early Music Festival. Praised by Le Monde for his interpretation of French keyboard music, Mr. Haas has recorded extensively and teaches at numerous esteemed universities such as Berkeley, Amherst, and Stanford. In 2012 he joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music.