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McCabe's WWI Concert Series Airs on UWTV

Submitted by Chelsea Renee Broeder on May 9, 2015 - 9:16am
Music of the Great War

UWTV (Comcast Ch. 27) airs popular March 8 and May 3 installment of professor Robin McCabe's WWI series on the following dates:

March 8: Music of Ravel, Bartok, and Prokofiev

Tuesday 5/12: 8:00 pm
Wednesday 5/13: 4:00 pm
Thursday 5/14: 1:00 pm
Friday 5/15: 9:00 am
Saturday 5/16: 4:00 pm

May 3: Music of Debussy, Ives, and De Falla

Air dates TBA

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This three-part series (12/7, 3/8, 5/3) produced by piano professor Robin McCabe in honor of the 100-year anniversary of the start of World War I, features music composed during the Great War, with historical context offered in commentary and narration. Pre-concert lectures by UW scholars, including Dean Robert Stacey (History), Professor Ronald Moore (Philosophy), and Professor Steven Morrison (Music Education) present a variety of perspectives from which to consider the profound impacts of the War to End All Wars.

Sunday, March 8, 2015 

Music of Ravel, Bartok, and Prokofiev

Pre-concert Lecture: Professor Ronald Moore
"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."  

Maurice Ravel:
Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano
Trio Andromeda

Bela Bartok:
Six Roumanian Folk Dances
Corentin Pokorny, violin; Jane Heinrichs, piano

Sergei Prokofiev:
Sonata No. 4 for piano
Lidia Kotlova, piano

Sunday, May 3, 2015 

Music of Debussy, Ives, and De Falla

Pre-concert Lecture: Professor Steven Morrison
"Music to My Ears"

In this lecture, Steven Morrison, associate professor of Music Education at the UW, posits that the rise of recorded music in the early 20th century resulted in a dissociation of musical sound and action not previously known in a world that had experienced music exclusively in live performance settings. Professor Morrison also addresses the increased attention paid to the perceptual aspects of music in the surge of psychometric testing occurring during the era of the Great War. 

Charles Ives:
Tom Sails Away
Flander's Field
Kristin Lindenmuth, soprano

Ralph Vaughan Williams:
The Lark Ascending
Allion Salvador, violin; Li-Cheng Huang, piano

Claude Debussy:
Selected Etudes for Piano
Laure Struber, piano

Manuel de Falla:
Danza del fuego fatuo for guitar quartet