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Gothic Marvels – The Piano Music of Maurice Ravel and Frédéric Chopin

Kings Place - 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG

Ravel Gaspard de la nuit
Chopin Piano Sonata No. 2 in B Flat minor, Op. 35

Ravel was perhaps the greatest composer to emerge from the explosion of creativity that was Paris at the start of the 20th century. His piano pieces in particular are amongst the most beautiful and most expressive in the classical repertoire.

This concert will feature the most famous of these pieces, Gaspard de la nuit, which was inspired by the prose poems of the same name by Aloysius Bertrand. By turns unearthly, nightmarish and mysterious Ravels masterpiece beautifully conveys the Gothic and eerie themes of the poetry. The concert will also feature Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in B Flat minor, which incorporates the famous funeral march, and is almost synonymous with the dark and gloomy fantasies of the Gothic.

Featuring the internationally acclaimed pianist Roy Howat, this concert will transport its audience, and convey the brilliant atmosphere of magic and menace contained in some of the world’s greatest piano pieces.

The event will also feature short talks by Katherine Lunn-Rockliffe of Oxford University on Gothic themes in 19th century French poetry and by distinguished Ravel author Emily Kilpatrick on the composer’s approach to the musical settings of Gaspard. Actor Marie-Pierre Perez will give readings of the poetry which inspired the music.

Magical music for troubled times...

Tickets available from the Kings Place website

Curated by the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation. Held in partnership with the Institut Français