Piano Week Recital: Songs and Cityscapes

27 July 2018 | 19:15 | Musgrave Theatre, Moreton Hall, Weston RhynOswestry SY11 3EN




Robert Schumann (1810-1856) / Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Song Transcription “Widmung”

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) / Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Song Transcription “Ständchen”


Enrique Granados (1867-1916)

Goyescas Op.11
Quejas o La maja y el ruiseñor


Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Preludes (Book I)
La cathedral engloutie

Preludes (Book II)
La puerta del Vino


George Gershwin (1898-1937)

Rhapsody in Blue (arranged for two pianos, four hands)



In this varied programme Nico de Villiers combines song with cityscapes. Schumann’s Widmung, which opens his song cycle Myrthen, is a song of devotion to his new bride, Clara Schumann. Schubert’s Ständchen is a serenade where a man tries to implore a girl to open her window and acknowledge his song. Granados wrote his piano suite Goyescas in 1911 to illustrate various inspirations of the paintings of Goya. He used the music from this piano suite as a basis for his opera with the same name in 1915. Debussy’s two Préludes are Monet-like paintings of a grand cathedral submerged in an Atlantis landscape, and the intoxicating atmosphere of a wine merchant’s emporium. To finish the programme, Annabelle Lawson joins Nico de Villiers in performing Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue, which is a musical interpretation of the character of the Big Apple, New York City.

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