Faculty Recital Presents French Music Program Oct. 26

Oct. 20, 1999

by Richard Veit

Four faculty members in the Baylor University School of Music will present "An Evening of French Music" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in Roxy Grove Hall.

The program will feature Thelma Cooper, assistant professor of piano; Leta Horan, associate professor of piano; Roger Keyes, professor of piano; and Helen Ann Shanley, associate professor of flute.

Cooper and Horan will open the recital with Mother Goose, a work for piano duet by Maurice Ravel. This five-movement suite, which also exists in an orchestral version for ballet, dates from the year 1908.

Solo music by Francis Poulenc will follow, as Keyes plays five of that composer's Improvisations, written over the 10-year span of 1932 to 1942. The last of these five is "Très vite," a tribute to French singer Edith Piaf. Keyes also will perform two transcriptions for piano that Poulenc made from his set of songs Fiançailles pour rire. These will consist of "Fleurs" and "Il vole."

Shanley will perform arrangements for flute and piano by Peter Kolman of four short works (originally for piano solo) by Claude Debussy. Keyes will accompany Shanley in "La fille aux chevaux de lin," "Arabesque No. 1," "Bruyères" and the "Prélude" from Suite bergamasque.

Cooper and Horan will return to the stage for the program's final offering, Gabriel Fauré's six-movement suite for piano duet, Dolly, written in 1893-96 for Dolly Bardac, daughter of Emma Moyse Bardac, who later married Debussy.

This recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 710-3991.

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