This series, produced by piano professor Robin McCabe in commemmoration of the centennial of the beginning of the Great War, features music composed during World War I, with historical context offered in commentary and narration. This concert features music by Ravel, Bartok, and Prokofiev, with a pre-concert lecture, “Music in the silentness of duty; peace where the shell-storms spouted red,” by UW philosophy professor Ronald Moore.
NOTE: Daylight Savings Time begins today. Spring ahead one hour.
Lecture: 4 p.m.*
Concert: 4:30 p.m.
*Paid admission to the 4 pm lecture includes admission to the 4:30 pm concert.
Ronald Moore, Professor of Philosophy
Music in the silentness of duty; peace where the shell-storms spouted red
Poets and musicians worked to find meaning in the unimaginable suffering and loss of the Great War. The unprecedented amount of combat loss, the volume of national engagement, the absence of any sign that it would end held Europe in a horrible pall. The great war poets reflected on this dreadful, remarkable state as well as on the heroism of those who continued to throw themselves into battle, and produced some extraordinary perceptions about the best and worst of humanity.
Note: The title of Professor Ronald Moore’s March 8 lecture is an abbreviated quotation from Wilfred Owen's poem, APOLOGIA PRO POEMATE MEO. The stanza, in full, reads:
I have perceived much beauty in the hoarse oaths that kept our courage straight
Heard music in the silentness of duty;
Found peace where shell-storms spouted reddest spate.
Roumanian Dances, Transcribed for Violin and Piano Bela Bartok (1881-1945)
Dance with Sticks
Corentin Pokorny, violin; Jane Heinrichs, piano
Sonata No Four in C minor, Opus 29 Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
(from The Old Notebooks)
Allegro Molto Sostenuto
Allegro Con Brio, Ma non Leggiero
Lidia Kotlova, piano
Menuet, from ‘Le Tombeau de Couperin’ Maurice Ravel
Li-Cheng Hung, Piano
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello Maurice Ravel
Pantoum: Assez vif
Passacaille: Très Large
Trio Andromeda: Li-Cheng Hung, piano; Allion Salvadore, violin; Hye Jung Yang, cello
Ronald Moore, Philosophy Professor
Professor Moore received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University, and his PhD from Columbia University. He did post-doctoral study at Harvard Law School as a Liberal Arts Fellow. Previously to his appointment at the UW, he taught at the University of Hawaii. He has chaired the UW Faculty Senate, has served on the UW Medical Center Board of Directors, and has directed the UW Center for the Humanities. He is fond of beauty and goodness.