Concert: Paris-New York
Feb 2, 2018
With Emmanuelle Bouillot on the piano and the wind orchestra Ellipse from the CRR, conducted by Jean Paul Odiau. The programme: Bernstein's Candide Opening, Ravel's Boléro, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Camille Saint Saëns's Orient et Occident.
The bonds between French music and American music are undeniable. Since the beginning of the XXth century, French composers have been influenced by the emerging jazz and its harmonies and rythms and numerous American composers came to work with Nadia Boulanger in Fontainebleau where she had founded the American conservatory.
Léonard Bernstein was one of the pupils of “mademoiselle”.
Regarding Gershwin, his Rhapsody in Blue owed him Maurice Ravel’s admiration when they met in 1928. During this encounter, George asked him if he could teach him how to compose and Ravel answered:
“Why would you want to be a second-class Ravel when you can be a first-class Gershwin?”
As for the boléro, which was composed for a ballet at the Opéra de Paris, the concert version in New York was created in 1929 and you can now hear this timeless work with the historical version for wind section by Pierre Dupont.