A Piano Guitar Duo Concert
London, following North
Friday 30th May 2003
7:00 pm 1st concert
8:15 pm 2nd concert
Arabe Francisco Tárrega (1852 - 1909)
Turina (1882 - 1949)
Invocation et Danse Joaquín Rodrigo (1901
Asturias (Leyenda) Isaac Albéniz (1860 - 1909)
piano solo compositions (1999 - 2000) Anne Ku
Full Moon on Maui
Summer Solstice at Sunset
Winter in July
pour guitar et piano Hans Haug (1900 - 1967)
Salsa Brasileira from the
Happy Hour Sandwich Gerald
Schwertberger (b. 1941)
Fantasia for guitar and piano Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
(1895 - 1968)
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Capricho Arabe (Arab Caprice)
Tárrega, having almost lost his sight in an accident, was sent to have
piano lessons so that, in case he became blind, he could earn money by playing
music. In those days, the piano was the most fashionable instrument, whereas the
guitar had lost her prior prestige, often reduced to accompanying singers only.
Francisco Tárrega is generally recognised as the person responsible for
the rebirth of the guitar for the 20th century and was often called "Chopin
of the guitar." Capricho Arabe is a tribute to Moorish history, with echoes
of the Arabic lute and guitar harmonies.
in Seville, Joaquín Turina moved to Madrid where he met Manuel de Falla
and became inspired by the emerging musical nationalism of the time. Turina's
guitar compositions are rich in their evocation of the Iberian culture and often
take their influence from Flamenco rhythms and modes, not least the Fandanguillo
which is based on the fandango dance.
Invocation et Danse
from the age of three, Joaquín Rodrigo wrote all his works in Braille,
dictating them subsequently to a copyist and later his Turkish pianist wife Victoria
Kamhi, who gave up her own career for him. Dedicated to the famous South American
guitarist Alirio Díaz, Invocation et Danse was based upon a theme from
the short opera "El Amor Brujo" by Manuel de Falla.
Born in the Catalan province of Gerona in northeastern Spain,
Isaac Albéniz was exceptionally gifted at the piano as a child, giving
his first public performance in Barcelona at the age of four. The legend Asturias
from the Suite Española creates the mood of that part of northern Spain.
The main theme was used by the rock group The Doors in their song "Spanish
Selected piano solos of Anne Ku, who writes
visiting my sister in Maui, I witnessed the most beautiful sunset followed by
a full moon. This short piece is designed to reflect the simplicity of such a
wondrous natural phenomenon. The seven planets aligned themselves on Friday, the
5th of May 2000, thus inspiring the pentatonic sounding Pentamine. The faster
Summer Solstice at Sunset was later transcribed for solo guitar by the Indonesian
guitarist Jubing. Before long it became cold again in London, feeling like a Winter
in July and in October when Autumn Shivers."
pour guitar et piano
Born in Basel, Swiss composer Hans Haug studied the
piano and the cello. Haug was influenced by Andrés Segovia, who commissioned
and performed his works. He dedicated the Fantasia for guitar and piano to the
guitarist Luise Walker whom he met at the Geneva Competition in 1956. This edition
is by Angelo Gilardino.
Salsa Brasileira from the Happy
The Austrian composer Gerald
Schwertberger originally wrote the four part "Happy Hour Sandwich"
for a Japanese pianist Mrs. Katayama and later re-arranged it for an Italian guitar
piano duo. Apart from the second piece Sentimental Romance, the themes of the
first (Prelude - Sauce Tartare), third (Potato Rag), and fourth (Salsa Brasileira)
were previously used within his didactic books for piano, violin, and cello, which
were intended to motivate young students in their studies.
for guitar and piano
Resisting against following the family tradition of
a banking career, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco pursued the piano in Florence where
he was born. After meeting Segovia in 1932, he began writing works for the guitar.
Finished in 1950, his two-movement fantasia for guitar and piano was dedicated
to Segovia's first wife, pianist Paquita Madriguera.
near Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Robert Bekkers took lessons in the French horn
and trumpet before turning to the guitar. After a diploma in electronics, he attended
the Conservatory of Maastricht where he received his teaching and performance
degrees in classical guitar. A scholarship enabled him to study abroad under Angelo
Gilardino in Italy.
Robert has appeared as a soloist and with
other groups in Indonesia, Curaçao, and Oman, among other countries. In
addition to a demanding teaching schedule, he performs with his violin guitar
Duo Magenta. Most recently, he gave master classes in North Cyprus where he also
served as a judge for the 2003 Eastern Mediterranean University Guitar Competition.
Anne Ku (http://www.anneku.com)
in Brunei of Chinese parents, Anne Ku grew up on Okinawa where she was active
as an accompanist and organist. In her final year at Duke University, she performed
Debussy's L'isle Joyeuse in the Gina Bachauer Masterclasses with Claude Frank.
In 2001, Anne started a series of intimate concerts to introduce her music to
local audiences in London. She released her first CD "In Pursuit of Flexibility"
containing 80 minutes of her piano solo compositions and arrangements in March
2002 at concerts in the Netherlands.
Most recently, she gave
a piano guitar duo concert with Robert Bekkers in North Cyprus, where she was
also invited to give a piano master class and a workshop on sight reading.
the World Music Tour
Music is a universal language which crosses
international borders, opening the door to self-expression. The World Music Tour
is intended to facilitate greater understanding and cooperation among people from
all walks of life. The piano and guitar duo of Anne Ku and Robert Bekkers strives
to bring their unique fusion of music and authentic cuisine to inspire an intimate
environment for meaningful conversation. "It's our differences that make
Acknowledgements and Sponsors
to Yun Kim and Dave for the post-concert reception. Yun
Kim's Oriental Fusion Restaurant at 9 York Parade, Great West Road,
Brentford (Tel: 020 8569 7223) serves exciting dishes that combine the subtleties
of Chinese cuisine with ideas and ingredients from India. Brought up and trained
as a chef in India, proprietor and chef Yun Kim speaks Hakka, the same dialect
spoken by Anne's mother. Anne and Robert highly recommend that you visit Yun Kim's
and try the rest of his highly innovative, exotic cuisine. http://www.yunkim.co.uk
to proprietor Leong of Tran Oriental Supermarket
at 120, The Broadway, West Ealing, W13 0SY (Tel: 0208 357 6711, Open 10 am to
11 pm all week) for sponsoring Robert Bekkers' travel to London. Anne discovered
that this compact corner shop on the Uxbridge Road has all the essential ingredients
for the oriental kitchen and is the only oriental supermarket in this area.
Thanks to the proprietor Michael and his brother Keith for
making available New Inn Pub at 62 St Mary's
Special thanks to Poul Olvoj from Peterborough, Andy
Miller from Nottingham, and Ayyub Malik from Brentford for concert support.
to Piera Borgeot for recording and Ieuan Jones, Concerts Assistant, London
College of Music & Media (Thames
Valley University) for everything else.
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