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RNCM Research Forum and Recital

With Professor Denis Herlin (International Chair in Musicology, RNCM) and Students at the RNCM

Tuesday 30 November 2021, 5.00pm

Carole Nash Recital Room


This Research Forum and Recital will be presented in-person at the RNCM (ticket required) and online on our YouTube channel.


‘Albert Giraud’s Pierrot lunaire: the encounter of Debussy and Zágon’
Professor Denis Herlin (International Chair in Musicology, RNCM)

A note from Professor Denis Herlin:
During a tour of Austria-Hungary in December 1910, Debussy met a young Francophile Hungarian composer, Géza Vilmos Zágon (1889-1918), a close friend of Bartók and Kodály. Zágon sent him the manuscript of Pierrot lunaire, a cycle of six songs from a collection by the Belgian poet Albert Giraud. Debussy revised the vocal line, pointing out that the corrections he had made almost all concerned ‘prosodic accents’. This rereading of a work by a young composer is, to my knowledge, unique within Debussy’s musical activities and testifies not only to his openness to young composers, but also to his interest in Giraud’s poems, as André Schaeffner so rightly observed in 1953 in his article ‘Variations Schoenberg’. After evoking the reasons that prompted Debussy to undertake this work, I will analyse in detail Debussy’s corrections. After the lecture, we will have the opportunity to listen to some piano pieces by Zágon, Bartók, and Kodály, performed by RNCM students.

6.30pm / RECITAL

Béla Bartók For Children Nos 17, 26, 38 & 42
Maria Stratigou piano

Géza Vilmos Zágon Poèmes
Matthew Lau piano

Béla Bartók Romanian Folk Dances
Edward Campbell-Rowntree piano

Géza Vilmos Zágon Pierrot lunaire
Sasja Haeck mezzo-soprano
Michaela Wagner soprano
David Jones piano

Béla Bartók Sketches
Edward Campbell-Rowntree piano

Géza Vilmos Zágon Piano Sonata
Arthur Yu piano

Zoltán Kodály Nine pieces Nos 1, 4 & 7
Juanjo Blazquez Garre piano

Géza Vilmos Zágon Jeux de vagues
Maria Stratigou piano


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This event will also be broadcast on our YouTube channel.

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