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Tuesday, September 5 • 14:30 - 15:20
Lecture Recital - Essencia Urbana: from composition to interpretation

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A focus on the journey from initial readings to performances and final recording of originalcompositions for viola and piano. Raquel Bastos and Cecile Elton recently launched Essencia Urbana, an album exploring the urbane cultures of Fado from Portugal and Tango from Argentina. The original compositions for viola and piano by Dr. Cecile Elton are inspired by the poetry of the two cultures which form the basis of their identity and musical expression. The initial compositions evolved through collaboration and continuous revision between the composer and the interpreter. This process was conducive to enhancing the viola as an expressive instrument, expanding its potential and thus expanding the repertoire. In From composition to interpretation, Raquel will explore the processes undertaken since the initial sighting of the score to creating a full recording, highlighting the benefits and limitations of working alongside the composer. Should the performer play an active role in the creation of newworks? What knowledge can performers bring to new compositions? How crucial is true collaboration? How can performers ensure that the compositions suit the instrument? These questions will be explored between performance of the works.

Raquel Bastos is an active and vibrant musician and educator based in Brisbane, Australia who performs regularly with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the QSO Chamber Players, Southern Cross Soloists, Collusion, The Badinerie Players; and was a soloist with the Brisbane Philharmonic and Corda Spiritus Orchestras. Internationally, she has worked with various orchestras and performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Portugal, UK, Germany, Switzerland, South Africa, United States and China. Raquel performed in New York for Kim Kashkashian and has given recitals at the International Viola Conferences alongside the most renowned violists of her generation. Most recently, Raquel has launched the CD Essencia Urbana of compositions for viola and piano.

Dr. Cécile Elton is an Australian composer-pianist. Her thesis “Tango, from Perception to Creation” reveals her quest to capture and embody tango inperformance and composition. Cécile’s work includes Rosas para vos – Roses forYou, an album of tango-jazz originals; the suite of tangos Tango, amor y dolor –Tango, love and sorrow; and Tango, Insomnio de la Ciudad – Tango, for a Sleepless City, commissioned by the Muses Trio. Cécile’s most recent work is Alma Portuguesa – The Portuguese Soul, for viola and piano. The suite is inspiredby Fado – poetry of Fernando Pessoa and was recorded in 2017 – CD Essencia Urbana.

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Raquel Bastos

Raquel recently launched Essencia Urbana, an album exploring the urbane cultures of Fado and Tango. The original compositions for viola and piano by Dr Cecile Elton are inspired by the poetry of the two distinct urban cultures. This lecture will focus on the process from initially... Read More →

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Grant Baker

Viola 1, Mozart String Quintet in C major

Tuesday September 5, 2017 14:30 - 15:20 NZST
St Andrew's on The Terrace 30 The Terrace

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