'The essential conditions of everything you do must be choice, love, passion' Nadia Boulanger
We're off to France! As part of the "Concerts Spirituels de Nice" annual series, we will be performing our celebrated programme of all-female composers in Nice in November. As at Wimbledon Bookfest the previous month, the works of Rebecca Clarke, Clara Schumann, and Fanny Mendelssohn will feature, and we can't wait to take these to a new audience abroad.
Rebecca Clarke's Sonata for Viola having moved to US in 1916, Clarke wrote this piece for a competition. Out of 72 entries she tied first with Ernest Bloch, a Swiss composer, and despite being the favourite, Bloch was declared the winner. This work is exuberant, full of optimism and brio, and based on a quote by French poet Alfred de Musset, "Poet, take up your lute; the wine of youth this night is fermenting in the veins of God."
Clara Schumann's Piano Trio
Fanny Mendelssohn's Piano quartet in A flat
VENUE: Eglise Protestante. 21 Boulevard Victor Hugo, Nice, France
TIME: 5PM - 6PM