On Stage at Curtis

Graduation Recital by Violinist Justine Lamb-Budge

A graduation recital by violinist Justine Lamb-Budge. Justine did not have to travel far for her musical education – she is a native of Philadelphia, and studied at Curtis with Ida Kavafian and Joseph Silverstein. Her program:

Poulenc: Sonata for Violin and Piano
Justine Lamb-Budge, violin; Amy J. Yang, piano
Francis Poulenc was one of France’s most urbane and sophisticated composers, reflecting the savoir-faire of Parisian life in so much of his music. This sonata is radically different. Composed in the midst of World War II, this dark and angry sonata was dedicated to the poet Federico Garcia Lorca, who was slain in the recent Spanish Civil War.

Ysaÿe: Sonata in A minor, Op. 27, No. 2 (“Obsession”)
Justine Lamb-Budge, violin
In 1923, the Belgian virtuoso Eugene Ysaÿe composed six sonatas for solo violin, each dedicated to a fellow violinist of the day, in this case, Jacques Thibaud. The obsession here can be said to be with Bach, whose six sonatas and partitas inspired Ysaÿe. A reference to Bach’s E-major partita opens the work; and listen for a visit by the traditional “Dies Irae” later on in the first movement.

Edgar Meyer: Selections from “Concert Duo”
Justine Lamb-Budge, violin; Nathaniel West, double bass
Edgar Meyer is widely considered to be one of the world’s finest double bass virtuosos, and is a member of the Curtis Institute faculty. In addition to his playing, Mr. Meyer finds time to expand the repertory for his instrument, including this 2003 “Concert Duo” for bass and violin. True to his musical influences, Meyer bends classical and bluegrass themes gracefully.

Music Word of the Week: Sarabande (third movement of the Ysaÿe Sonata)
“a dance popular from the late 16th century to the 18th; as an instrumental form, it was one of the principal movements of the Baroque suite, in which it usually followed the courante.” (from the Oxford Dictionary of Music)
(Could this be another example of Ysaÿe’s “obsession” with Bach, who used sarabandes in his sonatas and partitas?)

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