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Mariagrazia Archila Pacheco | A French Journey | Graduating Student Recital

Wednesday, May 15, 2024   |   8:00 pm 9:00 pm

Free – $20.00
Longy’s performances are free and open to the public, but please register in advance.

Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61 (1880)
Camille Saint – Saëns (1835 – 1921)
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andantino quasi Allegretto
III. Molto moderato e maestoso. Allegro non troppo

Claire De Lune (1905)
La Fille Aux Cheveux de Lin (The Girl with flaxen hair) (1910)
Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)

Berceuse Op. 16 for Violin and Piano (1879)
Gabriel Faure (1825 – 1924)

Deux Morceaux for Violin and Piano (1886)
Lili Boulanger (1893 – 1918)
I. Nocturne

Violin Sonata in A minor (1886)
Cesar Franck (1822 – 1890)
I. Allegretto ben moderato
II. Allegro

Criollisima (2008)
Ilan Chester

Mariagrazia Archila Pacheco is a student of Alexander Velinzon.

program notes

Camille Saint – Saëns (1835 – 1921)

Saint-Saëns was a conductor, critic, music scholar, teacher, and composer. Working in Paris, he founded a society that supported an entire new generation of French composers. His music style was traditional, conservative, and followed mostly Classical traditions. His best-known works are several concertos, an organ symphony, and The Carnival of the Animals. for the first performances of his First and Third Violin Concertos, he had the advantage of having these works in the remarkable hands of the Spanish virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate. The present work, written in 1880 and the most often played of the violin concertos, abounds in the elements of technical display and appealing lyricism that audiences understandably love so well.

Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)

Born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Debussy showed musical talent from an early age. At the age of ten, he entered the Paris Conservatory, where he studied composition, piano, and music theory. Debussy’s compositional style often sought to capture fleeting moments and impressions, much as the Impressionist painters did in their art. The title suggests a picturesque scene of a girl with flaxen (blonde) hair, evoking a sense of innocence and simplicity. “La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin” features delicate melodies, rich harmonies, and subtle shifts in mood that reflect Debussy’s mastery of texture and atmosphere. The piece is beloved by pianists and listeners alike for its evocative beauty and emotional depth.

“Clair de Lune” (French for “Moonlight”) is another iconic piano piece by Claude Debussy, and it is one of his most famous compositions. It is the third movement of his Suite Bergamasque, composed between 1890 and 1905 but not published until 1905. “Clair de Lune” is known for its serene and dreamy atmosphere, evoking the image of moonlight shining on water. The piece is characterized by its gentle arpeggios, lush harmonies, and expressive melodies, creating a sense of calm and introspection.

Gabriel Fauré (1825 – 1924)

Fauré’s music is often characterized by its elegance, refinement, and harmonic richness. He was deeply influenced by the French Romantic tradition, but his compositions also suggest the harmonic innovations of the 20th century. “Berceuse in D Major, Op. 16, is a charming and tender piece originally written for piano in 1879. As the title suggests, “Berceuse” means “lullaby” in French, and indeed the music embodies a soothing and gentle character, resembling a cradle gently rocking back and forth.

Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)

Lili Boulanger was a French composer who achieved remarkable acclaim despite her tragically short life. Born into a musical family in Paris, she was the younger sister of the renowned composer and teacher Nadia Boulanger. Lili Boulanger’s compositions are characterized by emotional depth, expressive melodies, and innovative harmonies. She was inspired by a wide range of influences, including Russian composers such as Rimsky-Korsakov and the impressionistic style of Debussy. The “Nocturne” is a hauntingly beautiful work characterized by its lyrical violin melodies and lush piano accompaniment. It reflects Boulanger’s expressive depth and ability to create evocative atmospheres through her music. In addition, Boulanger’s success inspired future generations of women composers and musicians, demonstrating that gender should not limit artistic expression or achievement. Her legacy continues to inspire and empower women in music and serves as a reminder of the importance of diversity and inclusion in the world of classical music.

César Franck (1822-1890)

Franck was a Belgian-born French composer, organist, and music teacher who made significant contributions to Romantic music. He is best known for his richly harmonic compositions, his innovative use of cyclical form, and his mastery of the organ. Another notable work by Franck is his Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano, considered one of the

artist biography

Born in Guanare, Venezuela, Mariagrazia Archila is a graduate of El Sistema, the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela. During her time in Venezuela, she performed in several orchestras, including the Barquisimeto Youth Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, and the Lara Symphony Orchestra. She also performed as a soloist with orchestras and recitals organized by the Latin American Violin Academy.
In 2021, Ms. Archila received an Equity Scholarship for undergraduate studies at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and her primary mentor was Alexander Velinzon. While in Boston, she studied and collaborated with members of the Boston String Academy, Saul Bitran, Markus Placci, Allison Eldredge, Jorge Soto, and Gustavo Dudamel, among others. Her main mentors during her violin and string pedagogy studies were Francisco Díaz, Luis Miguel Gonzalez, Samuel Vargas, and Tony Morales.
She has also performed in several Boston area orchestras, including the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Symphony Pro Music, and the Boston Civic Orchestra under the baton of prominent conductors such as Mark Churchill, Bejamin Zander, and Francisco Noya.
A product of El Sistema, an innovative program that uses classical music as a vehicle for social change, Miss Archila plans to base her future project on creating a violin school where children can learn life skills and discover their full potential.


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Wednesday, May 15, 2024
8:00 pm 9:00 pm
Free – $20.00
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Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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