Concert program for a performance by Lithuanian pianist and composer Vytautas Bacevičius. Performed were works by Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Debussy along with compositions written by the performer. Program includes a biographical sketch along with reviews from the press.
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PROF. VYTAUTAS Bacevicius PIANO RECITAL (FIRST PORTLAND APPEARANCE) Sunday, May 11 1941 at 8 P. M. Neighbors of Woodcraft Auditorium 1410 S. W. MORRISON PORTLAND, ORE. Tickets on sale J. K. Gill Co. Box Office, May 8, 9, 10 Prof. Vytautas Bacevicius Lithuanian Pianist-Composer Reserved seats $1.00 Other seats 60c PROGRAM 1. Prelude, Fugue et Variations Cesar Franck Valse A flat major Etude A flat major Polonaise A flat major, Opus 53 Chopin 2. Petite Suite Tcherepnine a. Marche b. Chant sans paroles c. Berceuse d. Scherzo e. Badinage f. Humoresque Melodie Rachmaninoff Prelude K. M. Ciurlionis Danse de Feu de Falla 3. *Sonata No. 1, Opus 4 Vytautas Bacevicius Allegro Adagio Allegro Meditation, Opus 29 Capriccio, Opus 28 Etude No. 1, Opus 19 Vytautas Bacevicius Etude No. 1, Opus 8 Scriabine Cathedrale Engloutie Debussy Capriccio Dohnanyi *Edition Heugel, Paris Sponsors: Lithuanian-Ukrainian Societies. Steinway Piano Courtesy Sherman-Clay Co. (Over) VYTAUTAS BACEVICIUS PIANIST-COMPOSER Biographical Sketch VYTAUTAS BACEVICIUS was graduated in 1928 from the Paris Conser with high honors as a composer and pianist-virtuose, and received the diploma "premier prix". Since 1928 he has toured in the principal cities of Europe; Paris, Berlin, Prague, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Kaunas, Riga, Tallin, Helsinki, etc. In Europe and in South America he has appeared at symphony concerts together with the following well known conductors: Philipp Gaubert (Orchestre National, Paris), Nicolai Malko, Albert Wolff, Gregory Fitelberg, Leon Jongen, Antoni Bednar, Medins, Kacinskas, Juan Jose Castro, etc. BACEVICIUS' piano compositions are published in Vienna Universal-Edition, and in Paris, Edition Heugel, Au Menestrel. His widely known orchestra compositions are as follows: two Symphonies—the second, "Simfonia de la Guerra" (War Symphony) was written in Buenos Aires; Symphony Poema (188 instruments); an opera "Vaidilute" (three acts, seven scenes); a ballet "At Dawning"; a ballet "Tourmonte de la Vie"; Waltz-Ballet, Overture, Suite; "Poeme Electrique"; two piano Concertos and seven modern compositions for the organ. In 1938 the Belgian Government invited Bacevicius to attend the International Pianist Contest in Brussels as a member of the Jury. He holds the title of Cavalier of the Crown of Leopold III, King of Belgium, and received the Order of the Crown of Leopold III. In 1938 he attended the International Festival in London (Societe International de la Musique Contemporaire) as chairman-representative of the Lithuanian Section. During 1939-1940 Bacevicius had a successful tour of seventeen concerts in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and other parts of South America. On November 28, 1940, Bacevicius recital at Carnegie Hall, New York was praised by the New York press. He also appeared at Town Hall of New York, Chicago Orchestra Hall and played in other leading cities of the eastern coast. PRESS COMMENTS: Le Courier Musical: Paris, France. "His playing is interesting, the sonority great. Bacevicius expresses a marvelous musical taste. Scriabine and Ravel were excellently presented by this gifted artist." New York Post; N. Y. "Bacevicius commands a tone quality that is generally clear and pleasing. Nov. 29, 1940." Sevodnia: Riga, Latvia. "Bacevicius' rhythms are firm and stable like Stravinsky's and Prokofiev, his music is full, a rare cleanness and logic. His playing attracts with its marvelousness and warmth. He is from all points of view a remarkable musician." New York Sun: N. Y. "In the works heard by this reviewer Bacevicius was impressive in his grasp and intellectuality, a musician with a sense of form and great quality." Idishe Shtime: Kaunas, Lithuania. "Bacevicius is an excellent interpreter. He proved it in the difficult and modern Concerto of Maurice Ravel. His technique is perfect and of rare purity." Musical Courier: New York. "Mr. Bacevicius displayed a completely functioning technique, a host of varied dynamics and much artistic sensibility. Danse de Feu was played with an electric vitality. The Tcherep-nine work saw lucid and brilliant playing." La Prensa: Buenos Aires, Argentina. "Bacevicius is an instrumentalist with an immense capacity of musical means and a musical personality of great ability." Vytautas Bacevicius PIANIST-COMPOSER Biographical Sketch VYTAUTAS BACEVICIUS was graduated in 1928 from the Paris Conservatory with high honors as a composer and pianist-virtuoso, and received the diploma "premier prix". Since 1928 he has toured in the principal cities of Europe: Paris, Berlin, Prague, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Kaunas. Riga, Tallin, Helsinki, etc. In Europe and in South America he has appeared at symphony concerts together with the following well known conductors: Phillip Gaubert (Orchestre National, Paris), Nicolai Malko, Albert Wolff, Leon Jongen. Antoni Bednar, Medins, Kacinskas, Juan Jose Castro, etc. BACEVICIUS's piano compositions are published in Vienna, Universal-Edition, and in Paris, Edition Heugel, Au Menestrel. His widely known orchestra compositions are as follows: two Symphonies — the second, "Simfonia de la Guerra" (War Symphony) was written in Beunos Aires; Symphony Poe-ma (188 instruments); an opera "Vaidilute" (three acts, seven scenes); a ballet "At Dawning"; a ballet "Tourmon-te de la Vie"; Waltz-Ballet, Overture, Suite; "Poeme Elec-trique"; two piano Concertos and seven modern compositions for the organ, including two Lithuanian songs. In 1938 the Belgian Government invited Bacevicius to attend the International Pianist Contest in Brussels, as a member of the Jury. He holds the title of Cavalier of the Crown of Leopold III, King of Belgium, and received the Order of the Crown of Leopold III. During 1939-1940 Bacevicius had a successful tour of seventeen concerts in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and other parts of South America. In 1938 he attended the International Festival in London (Societe International de la Musique Contemporaire) as chairman-representative of the Lithuanian Section. He held the same position in Warsaw in 1939. Press Comments: Le Courier Musical: Paris, France His playing is interesting, the sonority great. Bacevicius expresses a marvelous musical taste. Scriabine and Ravel were excellently presented by this gifted artist. La Liberte: Paris, France He appeared as a remarkable excellent technician. Sevodnja: Riga, Latvia Bacevicius' rhythms are firm and stable like Stravinsky's and Prokofiev, his music is full, a rare cleanness and logic. His playing attracts with its marve-lousness and warmth. He is from all points of view a remarkable musician. Tdishe Shtime: Kaunas, Lithuania Bacevicius is an excellent interpreter. He proved it in the difficult and modern Concerto of Maurice Ravel. His technique is perfect and of rare purity. La Prensa: Buenos Aires, Argentine Bacevicius is an instrumentalist with an immense capacity of musical means and a musical personality of great ability. La Manana: Montevideo, Uruguay His perfect technique is expressed by his musical virtuosity. He deserved the appreciation of the audience. He combines a rare purity and a magnificent interpretation. Journal da Mancha: Sao Paulo, Brazil Vytautas Bacevicius shows qualifications of great valor. He was perfectly understood by the audience, which cheered him after every appearance. Reprinted from "Musical Courier", Dec. 15, 1940 Bacevicius Touring U. S. Vytautas Bacevicius, composer-pianist, who made his debut in Carnegie Hall, New York, on Nov. 28, is now on tour and will fulfill engagements in Detroit, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston and Chicago. Mr. Bacevicius came to the United States after touring the principal cities of South America. In many instances his Poema Electri-co, for orchestra, also was pres- ented, among them at the Teat-ro Colon, Buenos Aires. He presented his own first sonata, second etude, Meditation and Capriccio at his New York debut. Mr. Bacevicius in 1938 was a member of the jury in the pianists contest in Brussels and the same year in London was chairman of the Lithuanian section at the International Festival of the Contemporary Music Society. He has been heard in cities of Europe as assisting artist with orchestra under many noted conductors. He is here as the representative of Musical Art of the Soviet Lithuanian Republic. Bacevicius in Debut Vytautas Bacevicius, Lithuanian composer-pianist, well known in Europe and South America, made his United States debut at Carnegie Hall on Nov. 28. Mr. Bacevicius, displaying a completely functioning technique, a host of varied .ynamics and much artistic sensibility, offered in his first half of the program the Franck Prelude, Fugue et Variations, a Chopin group, a Petite Suite by Tcherepnine, Rachmaninoff's Melodie, a Prelude by Ciurlonis and de Falla's Danse de Feu. The latter was played with an electric vitality. The Tcherepnine work saw lucid and brilliant playing. Mr. Bacevicius then played his own Sonata No. 1 Op. 4, a Meditation, Capriccio and Etude. The Sonata, divided into three movements, allegro, adagio and allegro, proved to have many grateful points, both of individual strength and musical meaning. It was heartily applauded by the audience. Mr. Bacevicius concluded with composition by Scriabin, Debussy and Dohnanyi. He was compelled to give several encores. Reprinted from "New York Post", Nov. 29, 1940 Lithuanian Pianist Makes Debut Here Vytautas Bacevicius, a Lithuanian pianist-composer, made his first appearance at Carnegie Hall last night. He. dealt first with music of other composers, playing Franck's Prelude, Fugue and Variations; a group of pieces by Chopin,Tche-repnine's Petite Suite, and numbers by Rachmaninoff, Ciur-lionis and Falla. Then, Mr Bacevicius played his own Sonata No. 1. Opus 4, and a group of short pieces consisting of Meditation, Capriccio and Etude. Following these, works by Scriabine, Debussy and Dohnanyi were heard. Mr. Bacevicius is a pianist and a composer of merit, equally proficient and worthy of commendation in either case. His playing is sturdy and compact without being imaginative or arresting. He commands a tone quality that is generally clear and pleasing. Several short things, such as the Raeh-maninoff Melodie or sections of the Tcherepnine suite, he did excellently; but the impression he left is that he is a pianist who composes well and a composer who plays the piano well. Reprinted from "New York Journal," Nov. 29, 1940 Lithuanian Pianist in First N. Y. Recital Bacevicius Offers Own Composition in Program By GRENA BENNETT Last evening in Carnegie Hall, Vytautas Bacevicius, Lithuanian pianist, gave his first New York recital. He came to this country after successes as a composer and pianist in various European countries, and qualified in both capacities in last night's program. Featured numbers on the list were his own sonata, "Meditation," a capricio and an etude. As a composer, M. Bacevicius possesses certain individuality in idiom and harmonization. His pianism in other compo-sions was illustrated in Franck's prelude, fugue and variations; valse etude and polonaise by Chopin; Petite Suite by Tcherepnine ;and other pieces by Rachmaninoff, Ciurlionis, Scriabine, Debussy and Dohnanyi. In the works heard by this reviewer he was impressive in his grasp and intellectuality, a musician with a sense of form, receptive to moods and capable of communicating the obvious and inner meaning of the scores to his hearers with imagination and atmosphere. Reprinted from "PM", Nov. 29, 1940 By HENRY W. SIMON Downstairs in the main concert hall the Lithuanian pianist-composer Vytautus Bacevicius was making his New York debut, of which I heard the second half. His own sonata and a group of short original compositions showed a clear, vigorous, aggressive talent in both the composition and the playing. So it was with his playing of other composer's works. He has a technique that never seems to miss a note and a tone that easily filled the big hall. PRESS COMMENTS The New Yorker, N.Y.—December 7, 1940.—Robert A. Simon. "Vytautas Bacevicius. a debutant, although, no beginner, applied a good technique impartially to his own writings and to the works of other composers. Pianists looking for novelties may find Mr. Bacevicius' "Capriccio' of interest." Musical Courier, N.Y.—January 15, 1941. "Vytautas Bacevicius, pianist and composer, was one of the artists appearing in a jubilee concert in Town Hall, New York, on Dec. 28. Mr. Bacevicius opened the program with the Petite Suite of Tcherepnine, done with a brilliant technique and imagination. His second group included the Chopin Valse in A flat major Capriccio and Meditation by the performer and the Danse de feu by de Falla. Mr. Bacevicius' compositions proved to have much charm, rhytmic vitality and lyricism, and the de Falla was a feat of virtuosity." The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Monday, March 10, 1941. — Herbert Elwell. "The program of Vytautas Bacevicius, at the Little Theatre of Public Hall, opened with the Prelude, Fugue and Variations of Cesar Franck and contained groups by Chopin and Tcherepnine, together with pieces by Rachmaninoff, Ciurlionis and de Falla. Later, the pianist presented several of his own works, including a Sonata No. 1, Opus 4. He concluded with a Scriab-ine Etude, Debussy's 'Sunken Cathedra' and Dohnanyi's 'Capriccio.' In all this there was ample evidence of solid musicianship as well as brilliant pianistie accomplishment. Bacevicius plays with assurance, a persuasive tone and an intelligent grasp of his material. His own compositions, though not all to clear in form on first hearing and rather elaborately pianistie, suggested interesting moods, a certain affinity with Scriabine and a robust quality of expression that was evident also in his playing." The Cleveland Press: Monday, March 10, 1941. — Arthur Loesser. "The recital at the Little Theater of the Public Auditorium Hall yesterday, by the Lithuanian pianist Vytautas Bacevicius in the afternoon was fairly well attended. Mr. Bacevicius is a highly accomplished pianist and his performance was compatible with his record as a prize student of the Paris Conservatory and frequent soloist with European orchestras. On the whole it seemed that his presentation of incisive,. percussive music were more convincing than those of works of more lyric or atmospheric quality. Chopins A flat major 'Polonaise' was done with robust exhilarating rhythm and good athletic octaves; a well-known Dohnanyi 'Capriccio' was given with exceptional brilliance. A little suite by Tcherepnine was unfamiliar and amusing. Mr. Bacevicius also exhibited himself in the role of composer, playing one of his sonatas as well as several smaller works. He speaks a modern musical idiom, which suggests an affinity for, though is by no means derivative of, that of Proko-fieff." The Cleveland News: Monday, March 10, 1941.—Elmore Bacon. "Vytautas Bacevicius, gifted Lithuanian pianist, gave a fine exhibition of his prowess at the Little Theatre of the Public Auditorium Hall. A good-sized audience was thrilled by his performance. He proved himself an experienced pianist of unusual ability, with a fine technical equipment, and a thorough musical understanding. He appeared also as a composer of modernistic and impressionistic tendencies. In his own Sonata he displayed originality of design and a flair for florid decoration. His Chopin was expertly executed, but rather more Bacevicius than Chopin. And at times there was a heaviness not Chopin. The Franck Prelude, Fugue and Variations were notably well done. The concert was under the auspices of Lyros Chorus. Chicago Daily News: Monday, March 17, 1941. — Eugene Stinson. "Vytautas Bacevicius, pianist, gave his first Chicago recital on Sunday afternoon at Orchestra Hall, his appearance sponsored by the Lithuanian Culture Society. His program was most comprehensive and included the pianist's own sonata and other pieces. It also included a group of songs sung by the L.K.M. chorus, Joseph Kenton directing Mr. Bacevicius is an excellent pianist, having a magnificent technique and producing a tone of very beautiful quality." Chicago Herald - American: Monday, March 17, 1941. — Herman Devries. "Vytautas Bacevicius, composer-pianist, a celebrated figure in Europe and South America, appeared here for the first time in recital at Orchestra Hall yesterday afternoon. His tendency in composing is that of an ultra-modernist-with reservations, if we take his Sonata No. 1 as a model. His 'Meditation," 'Capriccio' and Etude No. 2 av*— written in the same vein. AsTT pianist the young Lithuanian is endowed with, originality, and, furthermore, his tone is of singing quality and his technique permits him to play the variegated assortment of his program with great fluency and ease." Chicago Daily Tribune: March 17, 1941.—Cecil Smith. "Vytautas Bacevicius, Lithuanian pianist and composer, gave his first Chicago piano recital in Orchestra Hall yesterday afternoon. His program included works by Chopin, Franck, Tche repnin, and quasimodern co-posers of the early 20th century, as well as a sonata and shorter pieces by himself. The pianist's playing was technically competent. The 'Petite Suite' by Tche-repnin was capably interpreted." Musical Courier, New York: April 1, 1941. VYTAUTAS BACEVICIUS MAKES CHICAGO BOW "Unheralded, Vytautas Bacevicius, Lithuanian composer-pianist, was greeted by a flock of his compatriots at his first recital here in Orchestra Hall. Whether as an interpreter of the classic, romantic or modernist schools or of his own compositions the newcomer has ideas all his own which he exprssed with the vitality and marked ability. Mr. Bacevicius boasts a lovely touch, physical and mental power and the ability to project the music accruately, often tellingly and always in-trestingly." Musical Courier, New York: April 15, 1941. BACEVICIUS PLAYS HIS SONATA IN DETROIT BOW "Detroit, Mich. — Vytautas Bacevicius, Lithuanian pianist-composer, gave a concert on March 23, at the Masonic Temple assisted by the Aido Chorus under the direction of Walter Gugas. Mr . Bacevicius nlayed a Suite by Tcherepnin: Prelude, Fugue and Variations by Franck; compositions of Chopin, Rachmaninoff, de Falla, Dohnanyi and others, and his own Sonata No. 1, Opus 4. which was well received by the audience. The pianist made a fine impression in his first appearance in Detroit, with his clear-cut technique, lovely tone and with his attractive composition." Dorothy Halstead. The Mason County Press, Scot-ville, Mich.: Thursday, April 10, 1941. "Community Hall was well filled Sunday afternoon when Vytautas Bacevicius, famous pianist, gave a concert there. From comments expressed, the audience was well satisfied with the artist's interpretation of his numbers." The Daily News, Ludington, Michigan, April 8, 1941. "The large audience which heard Vytautas Bacevicius at Community Hall, Sunday afternoon, realized they had been present at one of those rare occasions when they had been given something unusual. Aside from the very obvious technique, and ability to interpret the fine music of the world, the pianist-composer gave his audience that feeling of communicating to them his own joy and appreciation of the best in music." Boston Post, Mass.: April 21, 1941.—Warren Storey Smith. "At Steinert Hall yesterday afternoon, Vytautas Bacevicius, Lithuanian pianist and composer now touring this country as a cultural representative of the Soviet Lithuanian Republic, appeared in recital there and on his programme stood compositions of his own and of K. M. Ciurlionis. An audience, presumably recruited in large part from Boston's Lithuanian colony, completely filled the hall and was outspoken in its expression of approval. A musical cosmopolite, Mr. Bacevicius drew from composers of several nationalities. Also on his list were Franck, Chopin, Tcherepnine, de Falla, Scriabine, Debussy and Dohnanyi. Possessed of a formidable technical equipment, Mr. Bacevicius proved himself a highly efficient pianist. His own compositions, a sonata, mediation and an etude, together with a prelude of Mr. Ciurlionis proved of considerable musical substance." New York World-Telegram:— April30, 1941.—Robert Bagar. "Carnegie Hall—Mr. Bacevicius started things off with Shostakovich, went through Prokofieff and Scriabin and wound up with himself, progra-mmatically speaking. He played with vim and verve, if not too subtly, and for good measure he added a brace of Spanish pieces, also done on the vimmy and vervey side." New York Herald Tribune: —April 30, 1941.—Francis D. Perkins. "Carnegie Hall — Vytautas Bacevicius, who gave his first New York recital earlier in the season, provided some vigorous piano playing and displayed technical skill in music by Shostakovitch, Prokofieff, Scriabin and himself. Mr. Bacevicius was recalled for encores." New York Sun.: — April 30, 1941. — Oscar Thompson. "Carnegie Hall—After sounding the kevnote of the evening with music by Shostakovich and Prokofieff, Vytautas Bacevicius, pianist, played compositions f)V Scriabin and himself. When called back for more, he nlayed de Falla's 'Ritual Fire Dance'." New York Journal and American: April 30, 1941. — Grena Bennett. "Carnegie Hall—Mr. Bacevicius opened the program,sharing the stage with an overflow audience of two hundred. He played three Dances by Shostakovich realistically labelled "Fantastic": a pair of rhythmic pieces by Prokofieff; a prelude and an etude by Scriabin and two of his own compositions. All seemed to have a family resemblance in their modernistic medium and metric urge.'"
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