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Historical Piano Concerts Series
at the
Ashburnham Community Church
Sunday, September 19, 2004 at 4: 00 p.m.

The Transcontinental Piano Duo
Janice  Meyer Thompson &
Elaine Greenfield
(Click on names for Bio)

reading from related poetry of Mallarmé, Verlaine, Baudelaire

and a display of selected
 courtesy of Barbara and Gerhardt Suhrstedt


A Program of French Music
as originally prepared by Barbara and Gerhardt Suhrstedt

 I. Works Composed for or about Children
II. A Return to Antiquity
III. Works Related to the Dance
IV. Scenes from Nature
V. Humor and Eccentricity
VI. Exoticism
VII. New Directions

Piano by  Erard, Paris, 1877-‘78

Piano Works and Poems to be Selected from the Following:
Compositions for or about Children
         "Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty"
              from Mother Goose Suite (1908)
         "Mi-a-ou"       from Dolly Suite (1893)
         "Spin the Top"      from Children's Games (1870)

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Georges Bizet (1838-1875)

A Return to Antiquity
         Excerpt from L'Après-midi d'un faune (1876) 

         "Chant pastoral"     from Chansons de Bilitis (1894)
         "Cortège"     from Petite Suite (1889)
         "Menuet"     from Petite Suite
         Clair de lune  (also called Menuet) (1869)

Stephane Mallarmé (1842-1898)
Pierre Louÿs (1870-1925)
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Paul Verlaine (1844-1896)

Works Related to the Dance
         "Ballet"     from Petite Suite
         "Kitty Valse"     from Dolly Suite
         "Spanish Step"     from Dolly Suite

Scenes from Nature
         "En bateau"     from Petite Suite
         "Dolly's Garden"     from Dolly Suite
         "Fairy Garden", from   Mother Goose Suite                             
         "La pluie au matin"     from Chansons de Bilitis

         "Badminton"     from Children's Games  

         "Empress of the Pagodas"     from Mother Goose Suite
         Excerpt from La chevelure

Charles Baudelaire 
New Directions
        "Russian Dance"     from Petrushka (1911)

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

Prints of related Impressionist paintings:
Girl & Watering Can  (1876)

Ballet School   (1876)

Seine at the Grande-Jatte  (1885)

"Troupe of Mlle. Eglantine" (Poster) 

Woman and Maid

Costumes for Stravinsky's "Petrushka"    (1911)

Pierre Auguste Renoir
Edgar Degas
Georges Seurat
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Katsukawa Shunsho
Alexander Benois

Due to a serious health issue, piano duettists Barbara and Gerhardt Suhrstedt have had to cancel their Fall 2004 concert engagements. After consulting with the Suhrstedts, we and they decided we should still present a program of French music, poetry and art, but with some changes in personnel and repertoire. We thank the following people for their generosity at this difficult time: 

     • Barbara and Gerhardt Suhrstedt for their preparations for this concert, their inspiration for the program, and the loan of their Impressionist prints.

     • Elaine Greenfield and Janice Meyer Thomson for committing, on short notice, to play an ambitious program which necessitates their traveling to Ashburnham from, respectively, Vermont and Arizona.

     • Karen Lourence, Newton, for providing transportation and lodging to Ms. Meyer-Thompson, who must be at Logan Airport before dawn on Monday morning in order to reach a concert engagement in Mississippi that same evening.

All pianos played in the concerts are from The Frederick Collection

Ashburnham Community Church: Main Street (Rte. 12) at Chapel Street

Admission: $7.50 /adult, children and students, free

The building is wheelchair accessible.

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