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Music Club: Wednesday 10 February 2016 (7 - 8:30 pm)

 

Title: The Piano and Winds Quintets of Mozart and Beethoven
(in French)

Mozart: in E flat major K 452
Beethoven: in E flat major Op 16
 
Performers:
James Levine on Piano with members of the Ensemble Wien-Berlin
Facilitaror: Prof Etienne Kupéleian

The Jeunesses Musicales du Liban

This event is conducted in collaboration with the Jeunesses Musicales du Liban. Prof Kupélian is a member of the Board of the JML. Visit their site: www.jmliban.org.





The Quintets
These two works are considered two of the masterpieces of Chamber Music. It is to the credit of Mozart, the lover of wind instruments, that the form was created. At the time of Mozart, symphonic/operatic works were often meant for the public. Chamber works were often performed by select musicians: colleagues, nobility (who could often play well enough to handle these works) and when not too difficult: amateurs. The result is that composers put their heart into these works. For example, the Mozart string quartets dedicated to Haydn were performed by Haydn (first violin) and Mozart (viola) and friends.
Mozart's work is K452, which means was written in the latter part of his short life. The writing for the 4 wind instruments is exquisite. One often wonders whether this is an ensemble that is meant to represent an orchestra placing the Piano as the soloist or whether the piano gets the symphonic writings in a Concerto for 4 soloists.
Beethoven, 20 years later, was soon to realize the genius of the work. As Op 16, his quintet is an early work. With Beethoven, this is not a short coming. His love of Mozart and his own drive allowed him to base himself on the same form (and the same key) yet come out with a work that is totally Beethovenian.

Prof. Etienne Kupéleian (an oboist himself) will take us through a serenade clarifying the various aspects of the two works leading to the video performance of both.

Prof Etienne Kupéleian est depuis 1981 professeur de hautbois et de musique de chambre au Conservatoire National de Musique du Liban où il a fait ses études de hautbois dans la classe de Dominique Monin. En 1975 il se rend à Paris pour poursuivre son perfectionnement et en 1976 il obtient la Licence de Concert de hautbois de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure de Musique de Paris.
 
De retour au Liban, il produit et anime les émissions des Jeunesses Musicales du Liban à la télévision libanaise (autrefois le Canal 9). Jusqu’en 1989, il a animé des programmes de musique classique à Radio-Liban et à Radio Mont-Liban. Ceci ne l’a pas empêché de poursuivre une carrière de soliste à travers le Liban, Paris, les États-Unis, les pays du Golfe ainsi que les grandes villes du Moyen-Orient (Damas, Alep, Aman, Baghdad).
 
Membre de l’Orchestre Philharmonique du Liban depuis sa fondation (Hautbois et Cor Anglais), il poursuit en parallèle une activité de critique musicale dans les quotidiens et hebdomadaires de langue française tout en animant des séances d’écoute et d’appréciation musicales à l’Institut Français.
 
En janvier 2012 Etienne Kupélian a été élevé au grade d’Officier des Arts et des Lettres par le Ministre Français de la Culture.
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