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Western Early Keyboard Association Recital

MY SECRET VALENTINE: Elisabeth Claude Jacquet de La Guerre and François Couperin – A lecture-recital with Arthur Haas. Get your tickets here.

This lecture recital will explore the connections between Elisabeth Claude Jacquet de La Guerre and François Couperin, two of the towering figures in French harpsichord music in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. They were about the same age, grew up together, were related through marriage, and both were heavily influenced by Corelli’s appearances in Paris at formative stages of their careers. I will specifically look at and play examples from La Guerre’s d minor suite from 1707 and Couperin’s 2nd ordre of 1713, illustrating these connections and pointing out important performance practice gestures in their music.

Arthur Haas is one of the most sought after performers and teachers of Baroque music in the United States today. He studied harpsichord with Albert Fuller at Juilliard and Alan Curtis in Berkeley and Amsterdam as well as receiving a masters degree in Historical Musicology at UCLA. Mr. Haas received the top prize in the Paris International Harpsichord Competition in 1975, and then lived in France until 1983, performing and teaching in many of the major European early music festivals. He participated in the premier recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variation Canons with Alan Curtis, and has also recorded suites for two harpsichords by Gaspard LeRoux with William Christie. Solo CDs of D’Anglebert, Forqueray, Purcell and his contemporaries, Jacquet de La Guerre, F. Couperin, the complete harpsichord works of Rameau, and most recently solo works of Bernardo Pasquini, have all received critical acclaim in the press.

Known for his expertise as a continuo player, Mr. Haas has toured with such distinguished early musicians as Marion Verbruggen, Jaap ter Linden, Julianne Baird, Wieland Kuijken, and Bruce Haynes. A member of the Aulos Ensemble and Empire Viols, he has toured frequently all over the US and Canada. Annual summer workshop and festival appearances include the International Baroque Institute at Longy, the Virginia Baroque Performance Workshop, and the Amherst Early Music Festival, where he served as artistic director of the Baroque Academy from 2002-2012. He is also a featured soloist in the annual Portland (Maine) Bach Virtuosi Festival. Mr. Haas teaches harpsichord and early music studies at Stony Brook University and the Yale School of Music, and was a founding faculty member of Juilliard’s Historical Performance program.

NOTE: Attendees will have the opportunity to play some of the instruments in the Reed Early Keyboard Collection, as well as the recital instrument.

Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Performing Arts Building, PAB 320 - Music Rehearsal Room
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

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