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Kaleidoscopic Sound Sphere: Messiaen and Liszt
Live Concert

Kaleidoscopic Sound Sphere: Messiaen and Liszt

Sun, September 27, 2020 4:00 PM, PDT

As classical music entered the romantic period, piano, the king of instruments, became something else. With the expansion to seven and a half octave of the keys, and the invention of sustaining pedal, piano became the cello, the triangle, the string quartet, and also the whole orchestra. Compositions evolved too - Robert Schumann led us into his everlasting dream in the C major Fantasie, Frederic Chopin shared his ultra romances through his nocturnes, yet Claude Debussy showed us an underwater sound kingdom in the Sunken Cathedral.

As a pianist who is in constant pursuit of new sound and color, Lesi is very excited to bring you the Franz Liszt sonata in B minor for piano, and preludes pour piano by Oliver Messiaen. Although lived a century apart, they were both innovative in exploring the "new sound" on the piano. In the B minor sonata, Liszt uncannily weave three figures (Faust, Gretchen and Mephistos) together, while seamlessly between major and minor keys. Even composed at an early period of Messiaen's career, he seemed to decisively put behind the idea of diatonic keys, while assigning different colors to dozens of the unique Messiaenic harmonies.

I sincerely invite you to join me on this mesmeric journey, to explore new harmonies, sound and colors, through this piano solo groupmuse concert.

Program

Franz Liszt: Sonata in b minor S. 178

==Intermission==

Oliver Messiaen: Preludes for piano (Selections)
V. Les sons impalpables du rêve (The Impalpable Sounds of a Dream)
VI. loches d'angoisses et larmes d'adieu (Bells of Anguish and Tears of Farewell)
VII. Plainte calme (Calm Plaint)
VIII. Un reflet dans le vent (A Reflection in the Wind)

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Lesi Mei, about 1 month ago

I am grateful to play a virtual concert to such great audience. Thank you for all your enthusiasm and contribution! I post my activity on website regularly http://www.lesimei.me

Until next time!


Attendees

Center
De'Siree N. Reeves Emcee
Center
Aldo Ruiz-Alonso
Center
Chris Day
Center
Elena Yarritu
Center
Joanne Rust Stohs
Center
Yoshi Weinberg
Center
David Spencer
Center
Chen
Center
Geping Cai
Center
Marie-Agathe Charpagne
Center
Liao Liu
Center
Shannon Barber
Center
Andrew Vega
Center
Ke Yang
Center
Nicholas Jimenez
Center
Megumi Vogt
Center
Samantha Hurtado
Center
Sean Chavis
Center
Dot Han
Center
Allen Pace
Center
Xiaoyuan Fan
Center
Sonya Schumann
Center
Shannon Azocar
Center
Brian Hill
Center
Shota Hanai
Center
Philip Friedel
Yes
Lukas Nepomuceno
Yes
Rocio Diaz
Yes
Susan Horowitz
Yes
Jing Zhang
Yes
Arjay Adamos
Yes
Cy Chadley