Transatlantic, Jacaranda Series: Santa Monica, California

October 22, 2023 @ 4:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church

Arnold Schoenberg
– Presto in C
Franz Schubert Quartetsatz
Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht, Op. 10
Eldon Rathburn Schoenberg vs. Gershwin
Erich ZeislSongs for Barbara
Ernst Krenek
George Washington Variations, Op. 120
SchoenbergOde to Napoleon Buonaparte, Op. 41

This Vienna/LA double portrait pairs Schoenberg’s delightful Presto in C Major with Schubert’s Quartetsatz in C minor. His debt to Schubert is heard in Transfigured Night. Solo piano works illustrate the composer in LA. Eldon Rathburn’s Schoenberg vs. Gershwin: A Tennis Match portrays close friends and tennis partners. The Canadian film composer won the LA Philharmonic Orchestra Young Artist Award in 1945 for which Schoenberg was a judge. Erich Zeisl’s Pieces for Barbara were composed for his young daughter who married Schoenberg’s son Ronald. Ernst Krenek, who emigrated in 1938, composed the witty and heartfelt George Washington Variations. Set to Lord Byron’s protest of tyranny, Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte, composed during WW II, extols Washington.

Lyris Quartet
Luc Kleiner, reciter
David Kaplan, Scott Dunn, and Gloria Cheng, piano

  1. La Campanella, Paganini - Liszt Inna Faliks 4:53
  2. Rzewski "The People United Shall Never Be Defeated" (excerpt, improvised cadenza) Inna Faliks 8:36
  3. Beethoven Eroica Variations Inna Faliks 9:59
  4. Gershwin: Prelude 3 in E-flat Minor Inna Faliks 1:25
  5. Mozart Piano Concerto #20 - II Inna Faliks with Chamber Orchestra of St. Matthews 10:27
  6. Gaspard de la Nuit (1908) : Scarbo - Ravel Inna Faliks 9:07
  7. Sirota by Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin Inna Faliks 7:45