Australia Ensemble UNSW Subscription Concert: While the music lasts
Osvaldo GOLIJOV | Lullaby and Doina (2001)
Mélanie Hélène BONIS | Suite en Trio Op. 59 (1899)
Gordon KERRY | while the music lasts (2016)
Gabriel FAURÉ | Piano Quintet no. 1 in D minor, Op. 89 (1887-1906)
with guest artists Lisa Osmialowski, flute and Andrew Meisel, double bass
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“music heard so deeply
That it is not heard at all, but you are the music
While the music lasts." – TS Eliot
These words remind us that music is a universal element of humanity that can take us ‘out of time’. The opening work of this program is the evocative sextet Lullaby and Doina by Osvaldo Golijov, a set of variations on a Yiddish lullaby that metamorphoses into a dark doina – a slow Gypsy style – and finishes at a gallop. A more transparent soundscape appears in Mélanie Bonis’ Suite en trio, a beautiful, late romantic work of classical tonality and proportion, composed at a time that valued neither old-fashioned styles nor female composers. Gordon Kerry’s while the music lasts explores the nature of music and time in celebration of the work of Australia Ensemble co-founder Roger Covell. Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Quintet no.1 closes the program with timeless moments of rapture and melancholy.