Belgian pianist Gilbert De Greeve, Director Emeritus of the State Music Academy of Antwerp and Professor Emeritus of the Royal Conservatory of Music of Antwerp, will perform the Twenty-Four Preludes of Claude Debussy in a guest recital at Baylor University. The recital will take place on Tuesday, September 9, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall.
After earning degrees in both performance and composition at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Antwerp, he continued his studies in the United States with Rudolf Serkin, Eugene Ormandy, and Leonard Paerlman. His artistic activities have brought him all over the globe for more than four decades, with numerous concerts, recordings, lectures, and master classes in piano, chamber music, art song accompaniment, and composition. As soloist, in chamber music, or as accompanist, he is known for his striking interpretations. He has received a number of important awards, among them the Pro Musica Hungarica, given by the Hungarian State, the Commemorative Medal for the Kodály Centenary, and honorary membership in many international societies.
The French composer Claude Debussy’s Twenty-Four Preludes are divided into two books of twelve preludes each. Each book was written at an unusually fast pace for Debussy. Book I was written between December 1909 and February 1910, and Book II between the last months of 1912 and early April 1913. There is no proof that Debussy necessarily intended the preludes to be performed as a cycle, but the musical language throughout each book is so consistent that performers—including Gilbert De Greeve—often do so.
This recital is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.
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