Jazz was hot at the beginning of the twentieth century. Almost every composer who heart it fell for its charms. Saxophone-piano duo Mader/Papandreopoulos will present four very different examples of this fascination for jazz. One is Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff’s Hot Sonate that features many melodic and rhythmic elements typical of jazz. Picnic on the Marne by the American composer Ned Rorem consists of four short colourful waltzes influenced by jazz. The pieces that Ravel called Ma Mère l'Oye (Mother Goose) had originally been written for piano. Here, they will be performed in an arrangement for saxophone and piano. The concert concludes with George Gershwin’s well-known An American in Paris. Whereas other composers were simply influenced by jazz, Gershwin wanted to take jazz to another level. He wanted to be taken seriously as a composer of classical music.
The Dutch Classical Talent Tour & Award is well known in the Dutch world of classical music. A professional jury judges those who audition for it and select four winners who then go on tour. Yoram Ish-Hurwitz, a member of this jury and also the artistic director of the Oranjewoud Festival, was impressed by the irresistibly infectious playing of Mader and Papandreopoulos and invited them to perform at Oranjewoud.
Artists and performers
Erwin Schulhoff - Hot Sonate
Ned Rorem - Picnic on the Marne
Maurice Ravel - Ma mere l'oye
George Gershwin - An American in Paris