Rhapsody & Co.

De Kerstroos
23 november 2018
Le Groupe des Six et Satie
24 juli 2019

Een modern programma met een mix van verschillende stijlen.

Rhapsody for piano duet


(*1899 – †1963 Parijs, Frankrijk)
Sonate (1918)
(Rapla, Estonia, *1960)
The Sombrero GalaxyOpus 119 (2008)Estland

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Rhapsody for Piano Duet by Croatian composer ANTE BOŽIĆ-KUDRIĆ

In 2018 he composed ‘Rhapsody for piano duet’ commissioned by the Dutch Grieg Pianoduo. This major work for four hands on one piano is based on a long concept of free transformations of a theme with which the work opens. It will being premièred by the Grieg Pianoduo at the Loop Piano Festival 2019 in Split!

Astro-music by the Estonian composer URMAS SISASK

The renowned Dutch Grieg Pianoduo - Elles van der Heiden & Siebert Nix – brings a special theatrical music programme in which fourhanded piano music is combined in an exciting manner with pictures and explanation: KEYS TO THE STARS. In this programme an inspiring combination with the contemporary so called `astro-music’ of the Estonian composer Urmas Sisask together with pictures of galaxies on which this music is based. The Grieg Pianoduo will start performing Milky Way Sonata, Opus 24, outlines in 2 parts the sight of the dynamic summer galaxy and the serene winter galaxy. In these works for four-handed piano, Sisask strives to achieve a parallelism between cosmic and musical harmony and uses non-mundane playing techniques on the piano such as mute strings, strumming directly to the strings, and the frequent use of right pedal. Not only does this bring more intimacy to both pianists with their instrument but is also meant to allow you as a public to experience this music with its spatial resonances almost cosmically! On a large screen, images are projected from the galaxy and from the galaxies, made with and without telescope, from the ground and into space.

Ante B. K.

(Split, Croatia*1990)
Ante Božić-Kudrić (Split, 1990) is a pianist and composer. He gained elementary and secondary music education in the music school ‘Josip Hatze’ in Split in the class of Valentine Štrbac-Čičerić. He graduated his piano education from the Academy of Music of the University of Zagreb in the class of Ante Milić in 2012. He has won several awards at competitions for young pianists in Croatia. During his schooling he attended seminars of distinguished pedagogues (Valdma, Kämmerling, Simone, Bogino, Krpan, Inđić). In addition to composing after his studies, he was working as accompanist in the ballet studio and with singers, and as piano teacher he has worked both in school and in private. From 2012 Ante is actively engaged into composition. He composed music for the animated short film "From the Depths" in 2014. It won the award for Best Animated Short Film of the children's jury 2014 at the Olympia International Film Festival. He made his first major work in 2014 with the Suite for 2 violins and a piano which has been performed in 2015 in the small Hall Lisniska in Zagreb. Furthermore we can find in his smaller works a song for tenor or soprano ‘Oblak’ by the text of Dobriša Cesarić, two colorful Vocalizes for soprano, Serenade and Minuet for the double bass, music for ballet, a Sonatina and the piece "Für Pavla" for the piano.
FRANCIS POULENC As a composer he was almost autodidact. The work Sonata for four hands composed in 1918 still bears the fresh young spirit which is more obvious in his compositions from his younger years like f.i. the Mouvements perpétuels. The Sonata consists of three movements: first a Prelude with a very striking rhythmical basic ostinato theme, second a Rustique which appears to have only white keys, and third a Final in which a part of the first movement theme comes back and gives it more a sonata like feeling.
URMAS SISASK Urmas Sisask was born in Estonia in 1960. In addition to his main activities as a composer, he is engaged in astronomical observations and gave numerous concert lectures in the musical observatory Planetarium in his former hometown in Jäneda, Estonia. His compositions are eclectic in style and often steeped in symbolism. But above all, astronomy remains Sisasks greatest source of inspiration, which can be seen from the titles of several of his larger works (Starry Sky, Pleiades, Andromeda). Similarly, the works Milky Way from 1990 and the Sombrero from 2008. With his predilection for astronomy he has defined an entirely new unique composition style under the name 'Astro-music'.

Poster from the World-Première 'Rhapsody for piano duet' in Split, Croatia on August the 17th, 2019