Arabesque

December 18, 2018

The arabesque is the red thread that leads us
through this program. At first sight, the musical
worlds of fin de siècle-composers Claude
Debussy, Leoš Janáček, and Camille Saint-Saëns
might seem far apart. However, the form of the
arabesque is where they find each other: the
balancing between the recognisable form and
the dream sequence. Debussy’s well-known
piano works are alternated by some early works
for piano four hands, all arranged by the Ebonit
Saxophone Quartet. This program is full of
blending colours in the music of Debussy
combined with misty Moravian folk music by
Janáček and concrete sounds in Saint-Saëns’
Danse Macabre.
De Volkskrant about Ebonit’s CD ‘Arabesque’,
released on 7 Mountain Records: “No virtuosic
exuberance, but the small gesture: Arabesque
sounds like pure magic.”

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