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BIFEM: Humble | Piano

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BIFEM: Humble | Piano

Event Details

Keith Humble was one of Australia’s first great modernist composers. His contributions to composition, performance, pedagogy and recording left a formidable legacy when he died in 1995. Humble touched many corners of Australian musical life. He lectured at both the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, founded the Australian Contemporary Music Ensemble and is credited with initiating the Melbourne branch of the International Society of Contemporary Music. Humble travelled the world, collaborating with musicians, poets and artists whose influence would flow through several generations of Australian music-making, playing an integral role in transforming Australian musical culture into the energetic community we have today.

In conjunction with the Fiftieth Anniversary Celebrations of La Trobe University, BIFEM pays tribute to Humble, performing music for voice and piano from across his wide œuvre - including the esoteric, unpublished gem Fragments of War Poems, the much loved 8 Bagatelles, and the Parisian 'boite de nuit' influenced Cabaret Songs. The concert will be performed on Keith Humble’s own Steinway concert grand piano, bequeathed to La Trobe, and now the cherished resident instrument of the Capital Theatre, Bendigo.

Program

8 BAGATELLES FOR SOLO PIANO (1992)
3 FOLIOS FOR PIANO (1953–67)
3 FRAGMENTS OF WAR POEMS (1966)
SONATA NUMBER 2 (1977)
CABARET SONGS FOR VOICE AND PIANO (1989)
KEITH HUMBLE

HUMBLE | FORUM

LA TROBE UNIVERSITY
11:00AM
SUNDAY 3 SEPTEMBER
CAPITAL THEATRE
FREE

Following on directly from the HUMBLE | PIANO concert, La Trobe University lecturer Dr Dan Bendrups will convene a panel discussion about the work, life and influence of Keith Humble. Sharing personal insights and anecdotes directly connected to the late composer, the panel will discuss the legacy of Humble’s life and music in and beyond Australia. HUMBLE | FORUM commemorates the 90th year since Humble’s birth and LaTrobe University’s 50th anniversary.

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by email to info@bifem.com.au

Featured Australian Works

Eight bagatelles : for piano solo (1992) by Keith Humble
Eight cabaret songs : soprano voice with piano (1989) by Keith Humble
Sonata No. 2 (solo piano) (1977) by Keith Humble
Three folios for piano (solo piano) by Keith Humble
Three fragments of war poems (1958) by Keith Humble

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