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Guest artists will play program of French music for two pianos Nov.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Pianist Cristina Capparelli Gerling, a visiting scholar
at the University of Iowa School of Music, will join with Alys Terrien-Queen
for a free concert of some rarely performed pieces for two pianos, at 8
p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
The program, titled "Nocturnal Visions: 176 Keys to French Music,"
will comprise three works, all by 20th-century French composers: Debussy's
"Nocturnes," Ravel's "La Valse" and Olivier Messiaen's
"Visions de l'Amen." Of these, the two by Debussy and Ravel are
well known in their orchestral versions but very seldom done by piano duos,
while the Messiaen piece is a rarity even for a composer who is little
recognized in the United States.
Debussy composed his three "Nocturnes" sometime during the
years 1892-99, and the complete cycle of atmospheric orchestral works was
first performed in 1901. One of the composer's first mature works for orchestra,
it is a prime example of the suggestive musical style that has become known
as musical Impressionism. The score was later transcribed for two pianos
The latter composer's "La Valse," also known in its orchestral
version, developed in the opposite direction: from a piano piece, to an
expanded score for two pianos, and finally to a colorful orchestral score
that was created for a ballet. In this case, all three versions are by
Although he is still considered exotic to American musical culture,
Messiaen was a highly influential composer and teacher during the post-World
War II period in Europe. In addition to performing as an organist in Paris
and teaching at the Paris Conservatory, Messiaen taught at the Darmstadt
contemporary music center in Germany and at the Tanglewood (Mass.) Music
Center in the United States.
One of the most original composers of his time, Messiaen used a wide
range of musical sources, from Gregorian chant and oriental rhythms to
the songs of birds. Most of his music is based on religious subject matter
and colored by his own highly personal Catholic mysticism.
In 1973 Messiaen visited Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, where he performed
the "Visions de l'Amen" with his wife, pianist Yvone Loriod.
As far as is known, this was the most recent performance of Messiaen's
score in Iowa or in the Midwest.
A native of Brazil, Gerling received two Fulbright grants to study music
in the United States. She received a master's degree with honors from the
New England Conservatory and a doctorate from Boston University. A teacher
at the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division, she was also a member
of the Pan American Trio and the Longyear Chamber Music Series.
In Brazil she helped establish a graduate program at the Universidade
Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, where she teaches piano. She has done research
on teaching methods for piano and music theory and has published articles
and presented lectures at Brazilian music schools. She also wrote a chapter
on Schubert and Liszt in the book "Nineteenth-Century Piano Music,"
published in the United States by Garland Press.
She has performed frequently as a recitalist and chamber musician and
has recorded the solo piano music of contemporary Brazilian composer Bruno
Terrein-Queen studied at the Juilliard School, Barnard College, the
New England Conservatory and the University of Nice (France). She was also
a fellowship recipient at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony.
A versatile artist, Terrien-Queen has performed as a concerto soloist
with the Brookline (Mass.) Symphony, collaborated with dancers, singers
and chamber musicians, and performed several solo and chamber recitals
on the East Coast. She is a founding member of the ONYX Ensemble, which
has been featured live on WGBH radio and played in performance throughout
She is assistant director of the Brookline Music School and teaches
at the New England Conservatory Preparatory and Containing Education schools,
in addition to maintaining an active private studio. She has received grants
for research in pianists' learning styles and for her work at the Brookline