Music in the Museum: The Baronet and the Playboy – Piano Portraits by Parry and Poulenc
07/10/2016, 1:05 pm - 2:00 pm
The Baronet & the Playboy: Piano Portraits by Parry and Poulenc
Francis Poulenc: Les soirées de Nazelles (1936)
Sir Hubert Parry: Shulbrede Tunes (1914)
David Owen Norris has been giving recitals that blend music and pictures for many years. This concert features Sir Hubert Parry’s Shulbrede Tunes and Poulenc’s Les soirées de Nazelles. Shulbrede Tunes is a series of musical pictures of his daughter Dolly, her family and the beautiful mediaeval house they lived in, Shulbrede Priory. Poulenc’s Les soirées de Nazelles is a series of portraits of people we can know only through the composer’s ironic titles – Old but Spry, Heart on Sleeve, and so on. I asked a famous political cartoonist, Martin Rowson, to listen to me playing each portrait until he ‘saw’ the characters, and as he drew them, David filmed him in the act.
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