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Arthur Haas performs harpsichord music of Jean-Philippe Rameau

Yale faculty member commemorates 250th anniversary of the French composer’s death
January 28, 2014

Arthur Haas

The Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents American harpsichordist Arthur Haas, a world-renowned performer and scholar of French Baroque music, in a concert of works by Jean-Philippe Rameau on Saturday, February 1st at 5 pm. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

A member of the YSM faculty, Arthur Haas is an authority on the music of Rameau; he recently recorded the composer’s complete harpsichord works for Plectra Records. He has also been praised by Le Monde for his interpretations of French keyboard music. This concert will feature selections from Rameau’s three books of keyboard pieces (written in 1706, 1724, and 1728), as well as the standalone piece La Dauphine  (1747).

Jean-Philippe Rameau was one of the most influential Baroque composers of the eighteenth century and the leading French composer of opera and harpsichord music of his time. The concert will open with selections from the Premier Livre de Pièces de Clavecin and Pièces de Clavessin (published in 1706 and 1724, respectively). It was the second book that brought Rameau to prominence in Paris.

After intermission, Haas will play La Dauphine, a piece written at the height of Rameau’s popularity, when he was favored by French intellectuals such as Voltaire and Rousseau. The concert will conclude with selections from Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin, Rameau’s third book of harpsichord pieces. PROGRAM DETAILS 

Admission to the performance is free. The concert will also stream live at this link. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.



About the Artist

The American harpsichordist and organist Arthur Haas is renowned throughout Europe and the United States as a pedagogue and performer of baroque and contemporary music. After receiving top prize in the 1975 Paris harpsichord competition, he performed at most major French early music festivals, including the Festival Estival de Paris, Mai Musical de Bordeaux, and the Festival de Saintes. He has also appeared as a soloist in the Festival de Saintes, Spectaculum (Vienna), Festwochen der alten Musik (Innsbruck), Festival di Ascona, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Mostly Mozart (New York), and the Berkeley Music Festival. His partners for duo recitals and concerts with early music specialists include Marius van Altena, Julianne Baird, James Bowman, Phoebe Carrai, William Christie, Alan Curtis, Bruce Dickey, Jan DeGaetani, Laurence Dreyfus, Paul Leenhouts, Judith Nelson, Paul O’Dette, Stephen Preston, and Marion Verbruggen. In 1994, he gave the premiere of William Albright’s Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra. Currently he is a member of the Aulos Ensemble, Musical Assembly, and Collegium Atlantis. Praised by Le Monde for his interpretation of French keyboard music, Haas has recorded duo harpsichord music of Gaspard Le Roux with William Christie and solo CDs of music by Jean-Henri d’Anglebert and Forqueray, as well as harpsichord music of the English Restoration. Arthur Haas is a faculty member of summer early music institutes in Berkeley, Amherst, and the Longy School of Music.