August 17 – Complainte-Danse de mowgli by Henri Tomasi

Henri Tomasi, born on August 17, 1901, was French composer and true contemporary of his time. He was a founder of the influential music group, Triton, alongside Prokofiev, Milhaud, Honegger, and Poulenc. As the title suggests, Tomasi was inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s writings about India and his perception of Indian tonality. He weaves these sounds into a lament and then a dance, ending with a cadenza-like coda. Emily Stumpf and Yewon Kerr received DMA degrees from the University of South Carolina.

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