Music of two great composers in one concert

2010-12-09 00:00

A UNIQUE coupling of two very different composers, Scott Joplin and JS Bach, can be enjoyed in one Music Revival­ concert at 7.30 pm tomorrow and 3.30 pm on Sunday at 35 Montgomery Drive, Pietermaritzburg.

While at first the musical style of the two men may seem totally mismatched, they do in fact share many common factors.

“With both composers using single dance rhythms as a unifying factor, 17th-century court dances in the case of Bach and the music hall and march rhythms in Joplin, their well-crafted melodies in strictly maintained melodic sequences of equal length along with the constant use of counter melodies­ to provide textural interest means they share a remarkably similar construction,” explains Duigan.

To illustrate his point, Duigan will be playing two suites by JS Bach — the Partita No 1 and the virtuoso English­ Suite No 6 in D minor — and Joplin’s ragtime numbers, including his Magnetic, Pineapple, and Maple Leaf Rags, along with Solace: A Mexican­ Serenade and Bethena: A Concert Waltz.

Tickets are R80. To book e-mail or phone 033 342 3051. • Next week Music Revival will stage a glamorous evening of opera and song featuring Cape Town soprano Beverley Chiat, Federico Freschi and Duigan (piano) at the Tatham.

The concert, which takes place at 7.30 pm on December 15, is being presented in conjunction with the Friends of Tatham Art Gallery. Tickets are R100, which includes a glass of wine on arrival. To book e-mail book or phone 033 342 3051. Secure parking is available in the Tatham grounds.

— Arts Editor.

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