17.05.12 12.45pm, Sheffield Crucible Studio Theatre; £10, £7 Disabled and Unemployed, £3 Under 18s and Students

Études with Ensemble 360. SATIE Embarquement pour Cythère for violin and piano
ROSSINI Duetto for Cello and Double Bass in D, MESSIAEN Le Merle Noir for flute and piano, DEBUSSY L’Isle Joyeuse for piano, DUTILLEUX Sonata for Oboe and Piano. Paris Conservatoire test pieces are once more to the fore in this concert. Both Messiaen’s miniature masterpiece and Dutilleux’s beautiful early Oboe Sonata were written to challenge students at the prestigious institution. Debussy’s L’Isle Joyeuse shares its influence with the Satie piece that starts this concert: French Rococo artist Jean-Antoine Watteau’s Embarquement pour Cythère (The Embarkation for Cythera). Chopin’s influence on Debussy was immense and the structure of this piece owes much to the sonata forms of the earlier composer.