Les Parisiennes

Explorers Series

Les Parisiennes

Swiss-born pianist Gilles Vonsattel has carved himself an international career as a concerto soloist, recitalist, recording artist and especially as a chamber musician. One of today’s most thoughtful and articulate performers, he and Music@Menlo Co-Artistic Director Wu Han have crafted this unique program inspired by love, infatuation, and the women that surrounded fin-de-siècle French composers. Gabriel Fauré’s Dolly Suite, written for the daughter of his mistress, Emma Bardac, is juxtaposed with the Petite Suite written by another of Bardac’s lovers, Claude Debussy. Also included are D’un jardin clair and Cortège by one of classical music’s most celebrated women composers, Lili Boulanger.

For Explorers Series events: You will receive an e-mail at least 48 hours prior to each concert, with a link to the performance page and instructions on how to watch.


Gabriel Fauré(1845–1924)
Dolly Suite for Piano, Four Hands, op. 56 (1894–1896)
Jardin de Dolly
Kitty Valse
Pas espagnole
Louise Farrenc(1804–1875)
Air Russe Varié for Solo Piano, op. 17 (1835)
Claude Debussy(1862–1918)
Petite Suite for Piano, Four Hands (1886–1889)
En bateau
Lili Boulanger(1893–1918)
Selections from Trois Morceaux for Solo Piano (1914)
D’un vieux jardin
D’un jardin clair
Maurice Ravel(1875–1937)
La Valse for Piano, Four Hands (1919–1920)
Sunday 14Mar 2021