Friday 7 June 2019. 1:45-3pm, (Roy Barnett Hall)
Chair: Corey Hamm, University of British Columbia
Lecture Recital: Auguste Descarries’ Sonate pour piano (1935) and the Russo-Quebecois Tradition of Lisztian Piano Virtuosity
François de Médicis and Janelle Fung, Université de Montréal
This lecture-recital presents an analysis of Allegro patetico, from the Sonate (1953) by Auguste Descarries, in order to situate it within the lineage of works by Liszt and Medtner. Descarries’ interest in Russian music was stimulated by Alfred Laliberté. The similarities that link the Allegro patetico to Liszt’s Sonata in B minor and Medtner’s Sonata minacciosa suggest a relationship of an emulatory or homage nature. All three works adopt a two-dimensional sonata form. Several passages reveal Medtner’s specific influence: b. 189 features a literal quotation of the main theme from the Minacciosa Sonata; elsewhere, the course of a theme is punctuated by ominous trumpet calls, as in Medtner’s Sonata tragica, another one-movement work. Single-movement tonal sonatas following the structure of a two-dimensional sonata form are extremely rare in the 20th century and Medtner’s dedication of his Sonata minacciosa to Laliberté, Descarries’ mentor, reinforces the likelihood of the connection advocated here.