Live Music The Great War in Portraits: Will Dutta

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30 May 2014, 18:30

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  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift
Queen Mary I by Master John © National Portrait Gallery

Paul McCartney (‘Mike’s Brother’) by Sam Walsh, 1964
© estate of Sam Walsh

This recital centres on two sets of works written during the Great War, Maurice Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin (1914-17) and Erik Satie’s Avant-Dernières Pensées (1915).

In the centenary year marking the start of World War I, Ravel’s suite pays homage to lost friends and colleagues whilst Satie’s three musical moments are a more surreal affair. The Gallery’s Music Coordinator performs a selection from each and these are contextualized with music by Fryderyk Chopin, Somei Satoh and John Adams, showing the seismic shifts the Great War made on culture.