Springtime in France: Music of Les Six

Friday, May 7 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music will present a virtual chamber music recital, “Springtime in France: Music of Les Six,” on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 6 pm PDT as a YouTube Premiere via the Department of Music’s YouTube channel. The concert will feature UC Santa Barbara faculty member and pianist Dr. Natasha Kislenko and special guests, including clarinetist Richie Hawley, trumpeter Matthew Swihart, violinist Chavdar Parashkevov, and pianist Tali Morgulis. The program will include solo and chamber works by the members of Les Six—Arthur Honegger, Georges Auric, Darius Milhaud, Germaine Tailleferre, Francis Poulenc, and Louis Durey. 

Following ideas of the well-known poet and playwright Jean Cocteau and composer Erik Satie, this group of young composer friends came together in their negative reaction to weighty German romanticism and complex writings of Debussy and Ravel in the years post World War I. They took their inspiration from street and cafe music in Paris, as well as the transparent writing style of the old masters such as Jean-Philippe Rameau and Jean-Baptiste Lully. In the 1920s, the music of Les Six appeared light, witty, sardonic, and irresistibly joyful. 

YouTube Premiere link: youtu.be/iN9ftFsG54c