Collaborative pianist Cheryl Tennant Humes joins Inna Leoni for a Sunday afternoon concert. The program entitled "Myth in Music: Immortal Tales of Love and Death" explores how the flute is reflected Greek mythology in a range of repertoire.
To the ancient Greeks, music manifested the rightness of the cosmos and was connected in pursuit of truth and beauty as well as providing a conduit for healing and purifying the body and mind and changing the hearts of people. The flute, one of the oldest-known musical instruments in the world, has been a means for human artistic expression since prehistoric times. Capable of producing sounds that mesmerize snakes, birds, other animals as well as humans, the flute has played a major role in Greek mythology. Throughout the history of Western music especially in the Romantic period followed by the Impressionism, one of the most growing inspirations was ancient Greece and its culture. In this program Greek Gods and other mythological creatures are present in the compositions.
The works on the program:
Albert Roussel — Joueurs de Flûte, Op. 27
Christoph Gluck — “Dance of the Blessed Spirits” from Orphéce et Euridice, Wq. 30
Carl Reinecke — Sonata “Undine,” Op. 167
Claude Debussy — Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, L. 86
André Jolivet — Chant de Linos (1944)
If you're in northeastern Pennsylvania, we'd love to have you join us as we launch this program!