La Palmera

La Palmera Music for Flute and Piano
Veronica Kraneis (Konzert-, Alt-, Bassquerflöte); Margrit Zimmermann (Klavier)


Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)
1. D'un matin du printemps
für Flöte und Klavier (1917/18)

Barbara Heller (1936)
2. Drei Stücke für Flöte und Klavier (1961)
Improvisation, Elegie, Capriccio

Viera Janáceková (1941)
3. Abgestaubte Saiten für Klavier (1989)
Tröpfelnde Elegie, Drei ergiebige Fingergabeln, Nachklang der Weltliteratur

Vivienne Olive (1950)
4. "... is the flower of the heart of man..."
für Baßquerflöte (1985)

Barbara Heller (1936)
5. La Palmera
für Konzert- und Altquerflöte und Klavier (1997)

Marguerite Roesgen-Champion
6. Sonate pour Flûte et Clavier
Introduction, Adagio, Rondo...

Barbara Heller
7. Furore - ein Traum
für Klavier (1986)

La Palmera

Music for Flute and Piano

The French Composer Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) belonged to a Parisian family of musicians who had been well known to musical circles since the 18th century. Her sister Nadia, for instance, who had been a few years older, was a well-known teacher of music, conductor and organist. Lili Boulanger studied compositions with –among others – Georges Causades and Paul Vidal.
During her short life that was to last only 24 years the artist composed apart from pieces of chamber music mainly works for choir and orchestra, above all the well-known cantata Faust et Helène for solo voices, choir and orchestra, an opus performed up to this day.

Barbara Heller (born in Ludwigshafen in 1939) studied piano and composition in Mannheim and other places. Since 1963 the free-lance pianist and composer is living in Darmstadt. Her work comprises first and foremost pieces for piano, but chamber music as well, occasionally film music. Since 1988 she has worked on graphic compositions, such as Ton-Zeichen (tone-signs), Spielpläne (game plans) and graphic performance cards, for instance Kartenspiele. Some of them were performed for the first time in 1994 by the flautist Veronica Kraneis. The artistic encounter with her inspired Barbara Heller to write the composition La Palmera that was created in spring 1997.

Viera Janárceková(born in 1941) did musical studies in Bratislava and Prague. Since 1981 she has been working as a free-lance composer and painter. Starting with compositions in the more traditional way she gradually developed a characteristic, experimental style and a corresponding manner in writing. Commissioned compositions, awards, radio presentations give evidence of an ever increasing interest and in recognition of Janárceková's music. She lives and works near Kassel.

Vivienne Olive was born in London in 1050. She studied piano, organ, harpsichord and musical theory at the Trinity College of Music. Then she studied compositions with Bernard Rands at York, Franco Donatino at Milan, Roman Haubenstock-Ramati at Vienna and Klaus Hubert at Freiburg. Subsequently, she took her Ph.D. in composition at the University of York. Since 1979 she has been a lecturer in music theory in Nuremberg. From 1992 to 1995 she was a visiting lecturer in Australia.
The highly committed composition for bass flute the flower of the heart of man... dedicated to the victims of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima is a real musical jewel. The bomb was thrown at 8.15 a.m. GTM on August 6th, 1945 and 815681945 are arranged for the metric basis of the work.

The Swiss composer Marguerite Roesgen-Champion (1894-1976) studied with Ernest Bloch and E. Jacques-Dalcroze, among others. Since 1926 she lived in Paris and dedicated herself exclusively to her work as a composer. She wrote works for large orchestra, harpsichord, piano, vocal and chamber music.

Veronica Kraneis studied flute in Detmold, Munich and Berlin. Since she was very young she has given concerts and lectures at home and abroad (for example in Japan and Australia). Searching permanently for new ways in musical expression and inspired by the wish to extend the limited repertoire for traditional literature she has been led also towards Jazz.
She broadens her classical repertoire by writing her own transcriptions and arrangements for her three instruments: the flute, the alto- and bass flute. Veronica Kraneis is one of the few flautists who is a virtuoso player of all types of flutes.
Contemporary composers (as Jaime Zenamon, Barbara Heller) have been inspired by her personality and the unconventional way of musical interpretation and some of their compositions have been dedicated to her.

Margrit Julia Zimmermann studied piano at the Tschaikowsky Conservatory in Moscow with M. Baschkirow who had a decisive influence on her artistic expressiveness. She was only six year old when she gave her first solo concert performances.
Since her settling in Germany she has been increasingly in demand as a member of chamber music orchestras (working with e. g. the violinist Rusne Mataityte and the flautist Veronica Kraneis) and as a soloist (with e.g. the Lithuanian State Orchestra).
M. J. Zimmermann now lives as a free-lance artist and a free-lance lecturer in Kassel.

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