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An Evening with Stephanie McCallum

November 26, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

New Preludes and Old Sketches: An Evening with Stephanie McCallum is a free recital starring one of Australia’s musical luminaries. Concert pianist  premieres a new set of Preludes by the award winning Australian composer Aristea Mellos, and revisits her long-held passion for the works of the reclusive French Romantic composer Charles-Valentin Alkan. In a recent interview with ABC Classic, McCallum stated that “…the appeal of Alkan lies in the strangeness of his personality as well as his musical genius. Busoni placed him as one of the five great 19th Century composers for piano along with Chopin, Liszt, Schumann and Brahms…”

The event will be chaired by the renowned Australian music advocate John Davis (CEO of the Australian Music Centre 1995 – 2021).

Aristea Mellos (1987-)
Preludes: Book I
I “A ghostly finger writes forgotten words (in the dust on the piano)”
II “Whoever you are, no matter how lonely…”
III “In the sun born over and over, I ran my heedless ways”
IV “I can’t breathe” Part One
V “I can’t breathe” Part Two
VI “Me canso de vivir me caso”

Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888)
Esquisses: 48 Motifs Op. 63 Premiere suite: Book 1
1 La Vision in C major
2 Le Staccatissimo in F minor
3 Le Legatissimo in D major
4 Les Cloches in G minor
5 Les Initiés in E major
6 Fuguette in A minor
7 Le Frisson in F♯ major
8 Pseudo-Naïveté in B minor
9 Confidence in A♭ major
10 Increpatio in C♯ minor
11 Les Soupirs in B♭ major
12 Barcarollette in E♭ minor

A Mellos
Preludes: Book I
VII “…the magpies call you Jack and whistle…”
VIII “Let water run circle settle be”
IX “Caution! Endangered shorebirds are nesting.”
X “Go to sleep my beloved, whilst I sing you a lullaby…”
XI “Death is black”
XII “Then peace to close the weary storm-wrecked years”

Free – registration required



Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium
Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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