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Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 3:00pm
Barnes Hall, Auditorium
129 Ho Plaza Cornell University: Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
Forbidden Songs: Lost Music of Midcentury Poland: A concert of songs and chamber works with Ensemble X paints a broader picture of Roman Palester’s compositional evolution. The American premiere of Palester's music is a major event for both concert audiences and scholars. Palester's blend of neoclassical energy with a lyrical sensibility made him among the most distinctive composers of twentieth-century Poland, but his music was long banned there and has been almost completely forgotten.Beginning from his first, mature neoclassical works from the late 1930s, it will also highlight his later embrace of European avant-gardes in the 1960s and 70s.
At 2:30pm, a preconcert lecture/discussion will explore the fascinating story of Palester's life and music.