The Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville music faculty will host its second Coffee Concert of the season on Monday.
While they typically program a diverse selection of interesting and sometimes unusual works, this coming concert promises to be an exceptionally enchanting one.
In addition to Beethoven's "String Trio in C Minor" and "Fairy Tales for Clarinet, Viola and Piano" by Robert Schumann, the program will feature Claude Debussy's "Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp."
A glimmering, sometimes playful, often serene work in three movements, the Debussy Sonata will be performed by SIUE professor emerita Janet Scott on flute, along with violist Deborah Haferkamp and harpist Maria Pinckney.
"It's always a challenge to perform this piece," Maria Pinckney said during a recent conversation.
"It's really a wonderful piece to work on," the harpist added, "especially for people who are compatible and who like to talk about different ideas of interpretation."
"There's a lot that's open to interpretation," Pinckney said. "Every few measures there's a change, and you don't go many measures without having to make some major decisions."
The serene, enchanting qualities of this work belie the circumstances in which it was composed. Claude Debussy (1862-1918) wrote it as part of a series of six sonatas for diverse instruments. World War I raged in France, his homeland, as Debussy worked on the piece in 1915. In addition, the composer was struggling with cancer, which would claim his life less than three years later. …