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Tableaux and Clowns | Graduating Student Recital | Tristan Perez, alto saxophone

Friday • May 13, 2022   |   3:00 pm 4:00 pm

Free – $20.00
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Tristan Perez – Alto Saxophone
Daniel Johnson – Piano

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Program notes by Tristan

Tableaux de Provence
Paule Maurice (1910 – 1967) was a French composer and professor who studied with Jean Gallon and Noël Gallon. She taught sight reading and harmonic analysis at l’École Normale de Musique. Tableaux de Provence pour saxophone et orchestre is Marice’s most famous composition, although the piece is more commonly performed using saxophone and piano rather than a full orchestra. The piece was written between 1948 and 1955 and was dedicated to the saxophone virtuoso, Marcel Mule. The movements are Tableaux, or pictures, and describe the culture and scenery of Provence, southeast France. The Mules, Maurice, and her husband, composer Pierre Lantier, would spend vacation time together in Provence.

Ms. Maurice explains each of the five sections: the first movement, the Farandoulo di Chatouno (Dance of the Young Girls), is the joyous sound of young girls in France dancing to the provincial dance, known as the farandole; the second movement Cansoun Per Ma Mio (Song for My Love), is a serenade whose accompaniment sounds the open strings of the guitar at the beginning of the piece. La Boumiano (The Bohemian Women or The Gypsy), is a rhythmic soliloquy of the people of mige [sic]. Dis Alyscamps I’amo Souspire (A Sigh on the Soul for the Alyscamps) are the laments of friends that hover over the cemetery at Alyscamps expressing sadness.

Darius Milhaud (1892-1974) was a French composer who grew up in Provence, the same area of southeast France that Paule Maurice and the Mule family would often visit for vacation. Milhaud’s music was heavily influenced by jazz, Brazilian music, and the use of polytonality – the simultaneous use of two or more keys of music at the same time. Scaramouche was originally written for two pianos as a commission for Pianist and Teacher, Marguerite Long. He admitted that he had little enthusiasm for the piece, and that writing it gave him trouble. Less than two years after the original piece was premiered, he adapted the piece for saxophone and orchestra. To his dismay, the piece quickly became popular and he worried the piece would overshadow his other works. For example, Milhaud had composed a clarinet concerto for Benny Goodman, which the clarinetist never performed. Instead, he eagerly performed the 1941 clarinet (and orchestra) transcription of Scaramouche.

Scaramouche is in 3 movements, with each one based on material borrowed from incidental music that Milhaud had previously written for plays. The upbeat first and third movements borrowed from music he wrote for the children’s play, Le médecin volant (the flying doctor). The slower second movement uses a theme from Milhaud’s overture written for Supervielle’s Bolivar. All three movements constantly and subtly utilize Milhaud’s trademark use of polytonality along with engaging rhythms and diatonic melodic lines. The last movement, Brazileira, is one of Milhaud’s most popular Brazilian inspired melodies and has been arranged for many other ensembles.

Tristan Perez biography

Tristan Perez is a composer, educator, and saxophonist. His passion for music comes from music’s ability to create community and connections. He enjoys writing music for band and orchestra the most. Tristan’s music has been described as “whimsical”, “cinematic”, “mysterious”, and according to the musicians, “delightfully challenging”.

Before coming to Longy, Tristan founded and directed the Pops Orchestra at UCSB as well as the Philanthropic Philharmonic – a virtual community orchestra that was founded in April of 2020 as a response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Tristan is currently working towards his Masters in Music Education at Longy and studying saxophone with Geoffrey Landman. He holds a Masters in Music Composition from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts in Composition from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Dan Johnson brings a heartfelt love of communicating through and beyond music to his playing as a collaborator, soloist, and teacher. Dan has performed extensively as a collaborator since graduating from Oklahoma State University in 2015, where he studied with Dr. Thomas Lanners. In addition to performing in solo and duo recitals throughout Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, he was a piano instructor and collaborative pianist with the University of Northwestern Saint Paul for 6 years before moving to Boston in 2021, where he is pursuing a Masters in Piano Performance, studying with Dr. Spencer Myer.


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Friday • May 13, 2022
3:00 pm 4:00 pm
Free – $20.00
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Recital Room N1
33 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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