Clelia Iruzun-Piano Recital - BMF Classical Music Concert Series 2020 Clelia Iruzun-Piano Recital - BMF Classical Music Concert Series 2020
Brazilian Music Foundation Presents Clélia Iruzun - Solo Piano Recital
A Tribute to Alberto Nepomuceno with a pinch of Beethoven
BMF Classical Music Concert Series - 2020
March 7, 2020 8PM
The Opera Center of America
330 Seventh Avenue 7th Floor New York, NY 10001
The London-based pianist Clélia Iruzun has become one of the most exciting musicians to arrive on the international concert scene in recent years. Clélia initially studied at the School of Music at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and later at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she won several notable prizes in international competitions before graduating with the Academy’s Recital Diploma.
Clélia subsequently worked with a number of greatly-admired virtuosos, including Nelson Freire, Jacques Klein, Stephen Kovacevich and Fou Ts’Ong, and most particularly with the highly distinguished Brazilian pianist and pedagogue Mercês de Silva Telles in Paris. Notable Brazilian composers, including Francisco Mignone, Arnaldo Rebello and Marlos Nobre, have dedicated works to Clélia, including – most recently – Beethoven Cunha and Alexandre Rachid.
1864-1920 October 16, 2020 will mark 100 years of
Alberto Nepomuceno' death
The Brazilian composer and conductor Alberto Nepomuceno played an important role in the emergence of a national Brazilian musical style.
The teacher of Heitor Villa-Lobos, he studied himself with some of Europe's most famous figures. Nepomuceno was born July 6, 1864, in Fortaleza, in northeast Brazil, where his father was a violin teacher and cathedral musician. The family moved to Recife, where Nepomuceno continued to study violin and piano, and considered a career in law. That brought him into contact with progressive forces that sought, eventually successfully, to overthrow the Brazilian monarchy and to institute republican government. He maintained his musical studies, however, and at the age of just 18, he became the director of the Carlos Gomes Club, Recife's leading concert venue. A few years later, he began presenting his own songs in concert, many of them Portuguese-language songs even though partisans of Italian opera argued that Portuguese was inappropriate for vocal music. Nepomuceno carried on a vigorous battle in the press with his detractors, moving to Rio de Janeiro in 1885 and teaching music there.
In 1888, despite having to provide for his family after his father's death, he was able to travel to Europe for further studies. He worked in Italy with Giovanni Sgambati and then, in Germany, with the piano virtuoso Theodor Leschetizky. In Leschetizky's class, Nepomuceno met and fell in love with Norwegian student Walborg Bang, who had also studied with Grieg. The two married and lived for a time in Grieg's house in Oslo, where Nepomuceno's commitment to musical nationalism deepened. In the late 1880s he wrote several Afro-Brazilian dances for piano; these were probably the first instances of classical music that incorporated native Brazilian idioms.
His String Quartet No. 3 of 1890, subtitled "Brasileiro," went even further in this direction. After returning to Brazil, Nepomuceno taught at the Instituto Nacional de Musica in Rio, where Villa-Lobos was his student, and he promoted Villa-Lobos' early music. He wrote several operas, including Artemis (1898) and Abul (1904), as well as a Sinfonia in G minor and an orchestral serenade. Later in life, he suffered from poor health and was unable to take up an invitation from Mahler to conduct in Vienna. Nepomuceno died in Rio on October 16, 1920, three days after having given his final concert at the city's Municipal Theater. Despite its manifest influence, his music remains little known outside Brazil; the String Quartet No. 3 was not even published until 2005.
Nepomuceno wrote in many genres and styles: art songs in various languages, sacred music, secular choral music, piano pieces, organ pieces, string quartets and other chamber music, operas, lyrical comedies, a symphony, tone poems, three suites for orchestra.
Alberto Nepomuceno Music
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Max Barros/Vice President/Artistic Director