Guest Artist: Paul Barnes, pianist Love, Death, and Resurrection in the Musical Vision of Philip Glass, Franz Liszt, and Byzantine Chant
Inspired by the untimely passing of many of his closest friends, pianist and chanter Dr. Paul Barnes explores the profound musical treatment of love and death in the music of Philip Glass, Franz Liszt, and ancient byzantine chant. Glass wrote his 1992 opera Orphee after the death of his wife from cancer. The opera explores the timeless themes of sacrificial love and death. Likewise, Franz Liszt's monumental Ballade No.2 has multiple interpretations including the Orpheus legend. Juxtaposed between Barnes' own transcriptions of Glass's Orphee and the Liszt will be selected Greek Orthodox chant poignantly exploring these same themes of sacrificial love, a journey to the underworld, and ultimate resurrection.