Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Survey of Les Six: The New Aesthetic


In an era when German melodrama and Impressionist decadence were all the rage, this roguish group injected post-World War I France with music antithetical to such voluptuousness.  In the words of Jean Cocteau, a close collaborator of the composers, “Enough of clouds, waves, aquariums, water-sprites and night scents; we need down-to-earth music, everyday music.”

In 2017, Cincinnati Song Initiative embarks upon a three-concert survey of these composers’ art song output to celebrate the 125th birth anniversaries of three of the six: Darius Milhaud, Arthur Honegger, and Germaine Tailleferre.  Hosted and narrated by Kenneth Griffiths, Director of Collaborative Piano Studies at the College-Conservatory of Music, this first concert introduces us to the unique voice emerging from Les Six in what would become the new aesthetic for France in the 1920s and beyond.

Details of This Past Event
Date: January 28, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Mercantile Library (map)
Address: 414 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, OH, 45202

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