OPERA WITHOUT WORDS

OPERA WITHOUT WORDS

Music for All Seasons’ October 2 concert at Historic Peterloon will not only feature vocal music but much music for instruments. Four outstanding soloists are lined up to perform in our concert, Sins of Old Age

https://youtu.be/1HusN9naDUg Un mot à Paganini, Elégie pour violon et pianoA word to Paganini, an elegy for violin and piano. In Rossini’s salon in the Chaussée D’Antin, the virtuoso on any particular evening would perform compositions like this one.

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In our October 2 concert our very own Cincinnati virtuosa, Jennifer Roig-Francoli will perform this composition by the happily-retired composer

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The variations on a theme by Rossini for cello and piano by the violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini were a gift made to Rossini by his composer friend and Italian compatriot. The theme comes from Rossini’s opera Moses in Egypt, a solemn prayer sung by the title character: “From your star-studded throne, look upon our tears, o merciful, divine Redeemer.”

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At our Peterloon concert on October 2, cellist Sarah Kim will play this opera-without-words composition, accompanied at the piano by Jesse Leong.

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Rossini wrote the opera Cenerentola (Cinderella) at the height of his fame, Years later, his friend Frédéric Chopin took the melody of the final aria of the opera and set it as lively rondo of variations for flute and piano.

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At Peterloon, Cincinnati’s own piped piper Suzanne Bona will joyfully play the very happy variations on the aria Non piu mesta (No longer sad)

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Here is a waltz that dares you to dance. Titled Anti-dancing waltz, Rossini wrote it for his own amusement and dared any upstart pianist to play it note-perfect. Jesse Leong, our pianist for the October 2 concert will take up the challenge.

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