The Music of France
Presented under the auspices of the Barbara Fromm Chair in Classical Music
France has long played a special role in the history of Western music. Medieval French innovations helped lead music out of its solely ecclestiastic role, carving a path to a glorious future for the music of all nations. The roving troubadours and trouvères, the exquisite beauties of the Franco-Flemish Renaissance, the opulence of the French Baroque, the effulgence of French Romanticism, the groundbreaking innovations of the early 20th century: an abundance of wonderful music awaits to be discovered and savored. Dufay, Josquin, Couperin, Rameau, Berlioz, Gounod, Bizet, Franck, Fauré, Widor, Dupré, Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc, Messiaen, Dutilleux, and many more.
Scott Foglesong is the Chair of Musicianship & Music Theory at the SF Conservatory of Music, where he has been a faculty member since 1978. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Sarlo Award for Excellence in Teaching. He also teaches at UC Berkeley, where he has the privilege of introducing young people to Western art music. A Contributing Writer and Pre-Concert Lecturer for the SF Symphony, he also serves as Program Annotator for the California Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, San Luis Obispo Symphony, and Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. As a pianist, he has appeared with the Francesco Trio, Chanticleer, members of the SF Symphony, and solo/chamber recitals nationwide in a repertoire ranging from Renaissance through ragtime, jazz, and modern. At Peabody Conservatory, he studied piano with Katzenellenbogen and Wolff; later at the SF Conservatory he studied piano with Nathan Schwarz, harpsichord with Laurette Goldberg, and theory with Sol Joseph and John Adams.