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Is there a greater joy for children studying music than performing the works of the great masters?  Fortunately, the greatest – from Bach to Bartók to Kurtág – never forgot about young pupils and composed for them without compromising their usual musical standards but taking care not to face kids with serious technical difficulties. In this way, the composers give great musical satisfaction and a real sense of achievement to young performers. Stravinsky’s vast oeuvre contains some paedagogical works, too:

Les Cinq Doigts

1. Andantino
Marcell Szögi (tutor: Zsuzsa Vadász)

2. Allegro
Barnabás Szilágyi (tutor: Dorottya Fenyősy)

3. Allegretto
Emma Dakó (tutor: Nóra Kotroczóné Deutsch)

4. Larghetto
Tünde Hadadi (tutor: Réka Tóth)

5. Moderato
Ambrus Kováts (tutor: Zsuzsa Vadász)

6. Lento
Marcell Halász (tutor: Zsuzsa Halászné Veres)

7. Vivo
Marcell Halász (tutor: Zsuzsa Halászné Veres)

8. Pesante
Barnabás Szilágyi (tutor: Dorottya Fenyősy)
(students of the Tóth Aladár Zeneiskola)

Five Easy Pieces for four hands - 1. Andante, 4. Napolitana, 5. Gallop

András Lakatos, Zsigmond Kóta – piano (tutors: Rita Bodnár and Ágnes Both; Béla Bartók Music School, Szombathely)

The piano duets are ‘dedicated’ to Theodore and Mika Stravinsky, the composer’s oldest children, who by 1916 played the piano well enough to perform their father’s work. Stravinsky made it his business to ease his sons’ task, writing a more difficult Secondo part, taking the different abilities of the two boys into consideration. Five Easy Pieces was arranged for orchestra and has become popular as Suite No. 1.

Pupils of the Szombathely Music School are performing three of the five pieces. An Andante movement with a serious atmosphere is followed by two jocular ones, a Napolitana and a Gallop.

Pastorale

Orsolya Szemkeő-Martin – voice (tutor: Judit Pallagi; Aladár Tóth Music School, Budapest)
Piano accompaniment: Rita Kertész

‘Song without words for soprano and piano’ – this is the genre of Pastorale. The short song (lasting four minutes), composed in Ustilug in 1907, is dedicated to Nadezhda Rimsky-Korsakov, the wife of Stravinsky’s master. Later on, the composer arranged the piece for instrumental accompaniment, and produced two transcriptions of it.

Ragtime

Zhang Zhong Shi – piano (tutor: Gábor Eckhardt; Aladár Tóth Music School, Budapest)

Stravinsky first experimented with a jazzy style in the ‘Ragtime’ movement of L’histoire du soldat and he continued with the present work in 1918. The piece, composed for a small orchestra, gives a crucial role in the setting to the cimbalom (thanks to Stravinsky’s meeting Aladár Rácz). The composition, less than five minutes long, made a great career later as a concert piece and as ballet music too. Stravinsky wrote the piano reduction in 1919.

Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo

NN – clarinet

The 1919 Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo were written in Morges, Switzerland. The music is dedicated to Werner Reinhart, who generously supported the first performance of L’histoire du soldat. The patron was an enthusiastic amateur clarinettist, so it seemed obvious that Stravinsky should express his gratitude with a composition for the clarinet.

Pater noster

Ave Maria

Vocal Ensemble of the Aladár Tóth Music School (tutor: Judit Pallagi)

Set for mixed choir a capella, Pater noster is Stravinsky’s first religious work which – as the composer himself put it – “Following the liturgical tradition and observing Eastern Christianity’s strict ban on instruments, is the simple and harmonic intonation of the text.” The work ‘premiered’ in 1937 at the Cathédrale Saint-Alexandre-Nevsk in Paris, as part of the funeral rites of the composer’s sister-in-law. Originally in Old Church Slavonic, Stravinsky transcribed this Lord’s Prayer into Latin in 1949, and had to make minor changes owing to the different number of Latin syllables.

Just like the Pater noster, (and the Credo, the latter not featuring in today’s concert), this Ave Maria from 1934 sets music to Old Church Slavonic words, too. The Latin version dates back to 1949.

Tickets

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