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Tamara Stefanovich: The Art of the Étude

Pianist Tamara Stefanovich takes us on a musical journey through the Étude: three centuries of musical questions and open-ended answers.

An Étude is a ‘study’. But what does that mean? A technical exercise; a work in progress; a meditation; or perhaps an eternal process of opening new doors, and seeing where they lead. Over three linked programmes, Tamara Stefanovich explores these questions – and more – in music ranging from Debussy to Steingrimur Rohloff.

Over an afternoon and evening, it’ll surely add up to something bigger than any of its parts – though in Stefanovich’s supremely skilled hands, pairings of Scriabin and Roslavets or Rachmaninoff and Ligeti, as well as an entire sequence of 21st-century works, add up to an intensely stimulating prospect for the emotions as well as the intellect. The possibilities of the Étude are infinite: we’ll all learn something today.

2.30pm, Part 1: From the past
Szymanowski  12 Études, Op 33
Scriabin  Études Nos 2 and 3, Op 42
Roslavets  No 3 from 3 Études
Debussy  'Étude pour 8 doigts' and 'Étude pour arpeges composées' from Études
Lourié  'Étude' from Daytime Routine
Bacewicz  Nos 4,5 and 8 from 10 Études
Bartók  No 2 from Three Études
Messiaen  'Île de feu I' from 4 Études de rhythme

4pm, Part 2: In the present
Unsuk Chin  Étude No 6, Grains
Milica Djordjević  new work (world premiere, commissioned by the Barbican)
Yihan Chen  Étude, Expression I
John Woolrich  Étude
Steingrimur Rohloff  Making friends
George Benjamin  'Relativity Rag' from Three Studies
Hans Abrahamsen  No 8 'Riviere d’oublie' and No 3 'Arabeske' from Ten Studies
Vassos Nicolaou  Nos 1 'Anodos', 4 'Chimes', 6 'Animadottir', 7 'Entrap', 8 'Point de jonction', 10 'Filter' and 15 'Tamara' from Études (2008-2016)

7pm, Part 3: When two worlds collide
Rachmaninov  Étude-tableau in F minor, Op 33 No 1
Étude-tableau in C major, Op 33 No 2
Étude-tableau in C minor, Op 39 No 1
Étude-tableau in B minor, Op 39 No 4
Étude-tableau in D minor, Op 39 No 8
Étude-tableau in D major, Op 39 No 9
Ligeti  Étude No 3 from Touches bloquées
Der Zauberlehrling
White on white
Cordes à vide
L'escalier du diable

Tamara Stefanovich  piano

Event starts
Sunday 10 November, 2019
Event ends
Sunday 10 November, 2019
Milton Court Concert Hall
Venue Address
Silk Street

London , London

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