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Arthur Haas performs harpsichord music of Jean-Philippe Rameau

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). MORE

Published January 28, 2014
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Arthur Haas performs keyboard music by Rameau and others May 8

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. MORE

Published April 22, 2013
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Dancing Through Time: May 3 concert features suites by Lully, Purcell, Rameau

Baroque orchestra led by Robert Mealy

The Yale School of Music will present a concert called Dancing Through Time on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 8 pm. Featuring orchestral suites by Lully, Purcell, and Rameau, the concert will take place in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven).

The concert explores the rich world of the French Baroque suite, with dances from Lully’s Bourgeois Gentilhomme and Purcell’s King Arthur, as well as an orchestral suite taken from Rameau’s astonishing score of Dardanus.

Members of the orchestra have been studying baroque performance with Robert Mealy, a professor of violin and early music at Yale. Described by the New Yorker as “a world-class early music violinist,” Mealy leads ensembles such as the Yale Collegium Musicum players and the Yale Baroque Ensemble.

Students in his baroque orchestral performance class perform on the Yale School of Music’s replicas of baroque instruments, and string players utilize the School’s collection of baroque bows.

No tickets are required; the concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu. MORE

Published April 17, 2012
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Boston Museum Trio performs French & Baroque music at the Collection Nov. 13

The Boston Museum Trio performs at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments on Sunday, November 13. The program will feature baroque music from French and German composers, including Rameau, Marais, Leclair, Buxtehude, and Bach. The concert will take place at 3 pm at the Collection (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven).

The members of the Boston Museum Trio are John Gibbons, harpsichord; Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba; and Daniel Stepner, baroque violin. Gibbons teaches harpsichord and fortepiano and directs the Bach Ensemble at the New England Conservatory. In this concert, he will play the Collection’s double-manual harpsichord made in Paris around 1740 by François Etienne Blanchet the Elder.

Jeppesen and Stepner are both graduates of the Yale School of Music. Jeppeson is the principal violist of Boston Baroque, and plays in many early music groups including the Handel and Haydn Society and the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra. Stepner is the first violinist of the Lydian String Quartet (in residence at Brandeis University) and artistic director of the Aston Magna Festival.

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the foremost institutions of its kind, preserves and exhibits musical instruments from antiquity to the present. Many instruments are maintained in playing condition and are featured in performances and demonstrations in the fine acoustic of the upstairs gallery, the venue for this performance. MORE

Published October 27, 2011
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Yale School of Music presents Chaos and Order: dance suites from the French baroque, December 6

Program directed by celebrated early music specialist Robert Mealy

The Yale School of Music will present Chaos and Order, a concert of orchestral dance suites from the French baroque, on Monday, December 6, 2010 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Robert Mealy, “New York’s world-class early music violinist” (The New Yorker), will direct graduate instrumentalists from his Baroque performance practice class. The concert will feature three brilliant and inventive orchestral suites from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including incidental music from Lully’s Thésée and Rameau’s Pigmalion. The evening also includes a rare performance of Jean-Féry Rebel’s unusual ballet Les Elemens, a work that opens with a depiction of chaos in which all the notes of the scale are sounded at once. Rebel’s ballet suite goes on to illustrate the various elements (earth, air, fire, and water) that form the world, along with that most important element of all: love. MORE

Published November 23, 2010
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