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Music Club: Wednesday 18 February 2017 (7 - 8:30 pm)


Title: An Evening with Ghassan Yammine
Talk: The Evolution of the Concerto (Part 2)
From the Romantic Period to the present day.

Language: Arabic supported by English and French

The Talk
This is Part 2 of the talk Ghassan started in November 2016. Then, he reached the Classical Period. In Part 2, Ghassan goes on starting with the Romantic Period and completing the evolution of the Concerto in the 20th Century.

None of the standard genres in western classical music has faced so much change as the concerto. The symphony, string quartet and the sonata preserved a more or less constant but slowly developing form. The Concerto had a different history. In the baroque period, the Concerto served various purposes: Ripieno Concerto, the Solo Concerto and the Concerto Grosso. These evolved to become the Classical Period Concerto, having special forms (Sonata Allegro) and regularized movements. After that came the Romantic Period when the Concerto changed further and further leading to the unusual forms of modern Concertos that came to light in the 20th century.

The concerto remains an exciting genre because of the relationship between the soloist (sometimes more than 1) and the orchestra. Ghassan will take us through this exciting story and provide various clips showing such an evolution.

Ghassan Yammine
Ghassan is a pianist and a composer. He is the President of the L’Ecole des Arts Ghassan Yammine (www.edagy.com). He is also an ongoing presenter of the program “Musical” on the Lebanese TV Channel: MTV as well as a professor in the USJ.

Ghassan got his diploma in musicology in USEK, Kaslik, Lebanon. He continued his higher studies in piano and composition in the Conservatoire de Paris. He then studied dramatic arts in the Lebanese University (Faculté des Beaux-Arts). Ghassan has composed for the piano, for chamber orchestra and various vocal works. He has also composed various pieces for the theater.

In 1996, he founded the L’Ecole des Arts Ghassan Yammine. Between 1995 and today, Ghassan has participated in conference and been part of musical juries in various countries in Europe. Since 2001, he has been a member of l'Association Européenne des Conservatoires Supérieurs. In 2009, 2012 and 2015, he was elected as a member of the Bureau Fédéral au Sein du Conseil d’administration de la Fédération Française des Institutions Musicales. In 2016, he signed an affiliation agreement between his school and the prestigious University of Birmingham (UK).

In 2007, Ghassan was given the l’Ordre National du Cèdre - Grade Chevalier (LIban) and in 2008, the Académie Française des Arts, des Sciences et des Lettres gave him the Médaille d’Honneur en Or (France).
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