Thursday, March 8, 2018

Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts 3/21/18

Every FIRST & THIRD WEDNESDAY at 12:10-12:40 pm 
On Wednesday, MARCH 21, 2018 at 12:10-12:40 pm:


 Music from the Belle Époque
 Nancy Fierro, piano

Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)
Trois Morceaux pour piano 

D’un vieux jardin  (Of an old  garden)                                                                                                                                
D’un jardin clair  (Of a bright garden)

Cortège  (A Festive Parade)             

Cecile Chaminade (1857-1944)

Concert Etude Op. 35 No. 2 (Autumn)
Les Sylvains Op. 60

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Clair de lune


Danse (Tarentelle Styrienne)


The Belle Époque was a span of time between two wars—the Franco Prussian war which ended in 1871 and World War I which began in 1914. During this period of peace and prosperity in France, the arts and sciences flourished. Today’s concert features piano music composed by three Belle Époque composers: Lili Boulanger, Cecile Chaminade and Claude Debussy.                                           

Lili Boulanger, younger sister of noted composition teacher Nadia Boulanger, was a brilliant child prodigy who composed a small body of highly original work before her untimely death at age 24.  She wrote her Trois Morceaux for piano in 1914 just after winning the prestigious Prix de Rome award in composition .She was the first and youngest woman to receive this coveted prize. In her first piece About a Old Garden, we sense both grief and nostalgia for the passing of a beautiful era. Her second piece, A Bright Garden, is radiant and happy. In it we can hear bells from a distant monastery ring through the leaves. Cortège depicts a joyful parade with a few fireworks heard in short bursts of the sound as the music closes.

Cecile Chaminade was a prolific composer and a brilliant pianist. She wrote over two hundred works for the piano, gave numerous concert tours in Europe and was also popular in America. Her music written in the spirit of the Romantics, reflects her love of nature and superb gift for melody. She composed this Etude while staying at her country home in Perigord, France--a property covered with blue lavender, pink heather and bordered by ash and elm trees. The music opens with a quiet reverie in her garden interrupted midway by a blast of autumn wind. After the storm, the gentle reverie returns. Les Sylvains (The Fauns), portrays both the erotic and impish characteristics of these mythical forest beins who are part goat and part human. .

The three pieces by Claude Debussy were early works composed in the 1890’s. The original title for Clair de lune was “Promenade Sentimentale.” Later, in the 1900’s when Debussy was famous and his music was in demand, he revised the score and changed the title to Clair de Lune after a dreamlike poem of the same name by the Symbolist poet Paul Verlaine.

Please scroll down for artist bio. 


The Glendale Noon Concerts series now takes place
in the Sanctuary at
610 E. California Ave (at Isabel St)
Glendale, CA 91206

(NO SOLICITATIONS, PLEASE: Glendale Noon Concerts
is not accepting artists to the program.)
Call 818-244-7241 (office)
or email
General info & parking:
UPCOMING CONCERTS in the same series:
(every FIRST & THIRD WEDNESDAY at 12:10-12:40 pm; 
programs subject to change): 

Artist bio:

NANCY FIERRO performs both nationally and internationally and has recorded four commercial albums. Legendary musician Nadia Boulanger praised her as a “real pianistic talent” with deep musical understanding.”  Her pioneering performances of music by women composers have won several awards including a Certificate of Honor from the Third International Congress of Women in Music. For five consecutive years, she was selected as a Touring Artist by the California Arts Council. In addition to her concerts, Nancy regularly gave preconcert lectures for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pasadena Symphony and Pacific Symphony. She was a long-time member of the piano faculty at Mount St. Mary's University in Los Angeles. Nancy holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California and a Certificate in Piano, Theory and Analysis from the American Conservatory of Fine Arts in France.

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