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Clarinetist David Shifrin performs twentieth-century French music Dec. 15

Program includes Messian's Quartet for the End of Time
December 9, 2014

The Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by YSM faculty member and clarinetist David Shifrin on Monday, December 15 at 7:30 pm. He will be joined by Yevgeny Yontov, piano, and others, in a program of twentieth-century French music.


The recital will open with Poulenc‘s Sontata for Clarinet and Piano, composed in 1962. One of Poulenc’s last works, the sonata is dedicated to Swiss composer Arthur Honegger, a fellow member of the composers collective Les Six.

The concert will continue with two popular movements from Debussy‘s Children’s Corner Suite, originally written for solo piano. This version was transcribed for clarinet and piano by David Schiff. The first half of the concert concludes with another Debussy piece, his Première Rhapsodie. After Debussy took a position on the Paris Conservatorie’s Board of Directors, he wrote this piece as an examination for the school’s clarinet students.

The second half of the concert features Messiaen‘s eight-movement Quartet for the End of Time. The piece, written for the unusual combination of clarinet, violin, cello, and piano was composed in 1941 while Messiaen was at a work camp in what is now Poland. Mr. Shifrin and Mr. Yontov will be joined by Suliman Tekalli, violin, and Alan Ohkubo, cello.

In the preface to the score, Messian wrote that the work was inspired by text from the Book of Revelations (Rev 10:1–2, 5–7, King James Version):

And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire … and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth …. And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever and ever … that there should be time no longer: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished…

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street. AS part of the Faculty Artist Series, admission is free.

About David Shifrin

Winner of the 2000 Avery Fisher Prize, clarinetist David Shifrin has appeared with the Philadelphia and Minnesota orchestras and the Dallas, Seattle, Houston, Milwaukee, Detroit, and Denver symphonies. He has appeared in recital at Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. In addition he has appeared in recital and as soloist with orchestra throughout Europe and Asia.

A three-time Grammy nominee, he has been the artistic director of Chamber Music Northwest since 1980. An artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1989, he served as its artistic director from 1992 to 2004. A faculty member at Yale since 1987, Shifrin is Professor in the Practice of Clarinet and Chamber Music, and serves as artistic director of the Oneppo Chamber Music Series and the Yale in New York concert series.