A North Carolina-born composing and performing artist returns from his home in France to once again triumph on a New York City stage. “Bart” Bullock is my dear friend and the composer of The Awakening of Humanity, my oratorio libretto. Bart is in the U.S. during January and February (2014) to give university recitals and master classes and to return to New York City where he enjoyed his early career successes.
If you are in the New York City area, I urge you to reserve your seat for an evening of great piano music when Bart plays Debussy, Rachmaninoff, and three of his own unique compositions.
Here are the date and venue details along with the program and program notes:
The E. Barton Bullock Piano Recital
Monday, February 10, 2014 8:00 PM
Klavierhaus Recital Hall
211 W. 58th Street NYC
For reservations, please contact Nicholas Russotto, Recital Hall Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Although tickets may be available at the door, reservations are recommended due to limited seating.
Children’s Corner, for piano solo Achille-Claude DEBUSSY
I. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
II. Jimbo’s Lullaby
III. Serenade for the Doll
IV. The Snow is Dancing
V. The Little Shepherd
VI. Golliwog’s Cake-walk
Three Tango Fantasies, for piano solo Edmund Barton BULLOCK
I. Allegro, molto ritmico e appasionata
II. Canción d’amor
III. Allegro appassionato
– I N T E R M I S S I O N –
Prélude Elégiaque, for piano solo Edmund Barton BULLOCK
Excerpt from the Oratorio Le Cortége de Saint Lucie
Three Nocturnes, for piano solo Edmund Barton BULLOCK
I. Andante, tempo rubato
II. Ben moderato e espressivo “September 11, 2001”
III. Tranquillo, con molto tenerezza
Prelude in B Minor, Opus 32, No. 10 Sergei RACHMANINOFF
Prelude en G Major, Opus 32, No. 5
Moment musical in E Minor, Opus 16, No. 4
Under the auspices of the La Gesse Foundation, over a period of 6 years, pianist and composer Edmund Barton Bullock performed regularly in the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, including an evening of his works for chamber music in 2002, as well as 2 world premiers. During this period, he met Sujatri Reisinger, Vice-President of Klavierhaus, and a musical friendship ensued. Reisinger ultimately loaned a Hamburg Steinway D for a memorable concert of Bullock’s works in the Weill Recital Hall.
Bullock is honored to be invited to perform on Monday, February 10, 2014 in Klavierhaus’s intimately beautiful recital hall on renowned Greek pianist Gina Bachauer’s restored circa 1910 Steinway D, an instrument of exceptional technical and tonal qualities.
Through the influence of renowned French pianist Daniel Ericourt, who performed Debussy’s piano works in legendary performances in Carnegie Hall, Bullock, a native of North Carolina, went to Paris to study with Paris Conservatory professor Pierre Sancan in 1978, after finishing his undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He began a love affair with France which continues to this day, after prizes from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Musique de Paris towards the Licence d’Enseignement and the prestigious Licence de Concert, and private studies with French pianist Thérèse Dussaut and Russian pianist Yevgeni Malinin, once director of Moscow’s ‘Tchaikovsky’ Conservatory.
In the 1990s Bullock began a parallel career as a composer, working with Dr. Robert Sirota, Director of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and Guillaume Connesson, French composer. Many chamber music and piano works were created and performed during this period in the U.S., Canada, and in Europe. After a major commission for his Appalachian Concerto for Piano and Orchestra from private sources, Bullock embarked on a new journey of the creation of works for large ensembles, including the commissioned work A Spanish Concertina for Bandoneon and Wind Ensemble, premiered with renowned Argentinean bandoneonist Daniel Binelli and the Appalachian Wind Ensemble in 2005, based on the piano work Three Tango Fantasies, which will be interpreted on the Klavierhaus program.
In honor of Daniel Ericourt’s connection with Claude Debussy, Bullock will begin the February 10th program with Debussy’s Children’s Corner suite. Ericourt was the first pianist to record all of Debussy’s piano works, and even performed on a recital in his youth in which Debussy also performed and was close friends with Debussy’s daughter “Chouchou” to whom this work was dedicated.
Bullock’s Three Nocturnes were composed during 2001, and the second nocturne: Ben Moderato e espressivo “September 11, 2001” is a musical “witness” of the tragic “911” event, whose spiritual energy attempts to begin the collective humanity healing process.
Bullock is currently working on 2 oratorio projects—on the American side, The Awakening of Humanity, based on librettist Monty Joynes’s libretto, and in France, Le Cortège de Lucie, based on the libretto of Franco-Belgian poet and philosopher Bernard Van Brugghe. On the request of the author, Bullock created a transcription for piano solo of the Prélude Elégiague, originally composed for violin, cello, harp and piano, which also be performed on the program.
In honor of Yevgeni Malinin, also a very important mentor on Bullock’s path to becoming a concert pianist, three Rachmaninoff pieces will close this unique February 10th recital at Klavierhaus.
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To hear Bart performing his Three Tango Fantasies, click here.