Jeffrey LaDeur, piano





Jeffrey LaDeur, piano

Nature's Prism - Debussy and Liszt

  • $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $15 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • Jeffrey LaDeur, piano

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Liszt’s journey through Switzerland embodies both the Romantic exaltation of Nature and the psychological mirror through which Man recognizes himself. Originally, the pieces written by Liszt were published under the title Album d’un voyageur, only to be revised and republished as the first book of Années de Pèlerinage in 1855. Accompanied at nearly every stage by the poetry of Lord Byron, that emblematic hero of Romanticism, Liszt explores daring harmonic and coloristic territory through the cycle as he evokes the natural world and its philosophical imprint on the human experience.

Debussy’s first volume of Préludes bears striking resemblance to Liszt’s work in terms of subject matter, though reimagined through the Symbolist world of Baudelaire and Debussy’s fascination with all things Eastern. Both composers compose music in response to bodies of water, a tempest, folk dance, church bells, the organ, and profound loneliness. The juxtaposition of these two cycles offer a fascinating view into each composer’s concept of time, narrative, and structure. Debussy further characterizes his pieces by leaving only parenthetical suggestions of titles as a post-script to each of his preludes, calling to mind Odilon Redon who wrote that, “A title is justified only when it is vague and even aims confusedly at the elliptical”.


Années de Pèlerinage - Liszt
Préludes, Book 1 - Debussy

Jeffrey LaDeur

Praised for his "glowing sound”, “assured virtuosity" (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “dazzling pianism” (Sarasota Herald Tribune) Jeffrey LaDeur enjoys a busy career as soloist, chamber musician, and educator. LaDeur’s spontaneity, tone color, and sense of architecture, have distinguished him as an artist of international caliber. Engagements at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Shanghai Conservatory, Eastman Theater, Banff Centre, and other prestigious venues were followed by an invitation from the Naumburg Foundation to make his Carnegie Hall debut. LaDeur is pianist and founding member of the acclaimed Delphi Trio, and Founder and Artistic Director of New Piano Collective, an artistic alliance between pianists of international renown.