Twin Brother Piano Prodigies to Perform at Westminster 


Paul and Peter Butler to Perform at Westminster CollegeThe French Club and its sponsor, Dr. Ingrid Ilinca, invite you to "Piano Soirée," an exciting musical event featuring classical, Romantic, and French masterworks by twin brothers Peter and Paul Butler. The recital will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at 7 pm, at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin Aldermanbury. The program includes the works listed below.

Between the dramatic eventfulness of two youthful Beethoven sonatas and the dreamy quality of the famous Clair de Lune, between the elegant pacing of Fauré's Sicilienne and the exciting cimbalom whirlwind of Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody, many musical realms will be evoked. One featured piece is Frederic Chopin's "Revolutionary Étude," also known as "The Fall of Warsaw" - a tragic outburst composed by the Polish pianist and patriot on the news of his beloved capital having fallen prey to invaders. Another one is the perennial favorite "The Bells," Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Prelude evoking deep resonances of old Russian monasteries.   
Despite being only 16, twin pianists Peter and Paul Butler have performed music and played challenging piano works for most of their lives. They have studied with Samir Golescu and have often performed in various venues in their native Illinois. They are looking forward to sharing their passion for music with the community at Westminster.

Paul Butler

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Allegro from Sonata in C Minor, opus 10 no. 1
  • Gabriel Fauré: Sicilienne
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude opus 2 no. 3 "The Bells"

Peter Butler

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Allegro from Sonata in F Minor, opus 2 no. 1
  • Claude Debussy: Clair de Lune
  • Frederic Chopin: Etude opus 10 no. 12, "Revolutionary"
  • Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody in A Minor
  • Maurice Moszkowski: Spanish Dance in B Flat Major