AMSF Encore Recital

February 7, 2010, 3:00 p.m.

Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church
6601 Bradley Blvd.
Bethesda,MD 20817

Bach, WTC Prelude and Fugue #13 in F# major
Scarlatti Sonata in C major, K159
Rob Beers, Piano

Brahms, Romance, Op 118 No 5
Joan Magagna, Piano

Rachmaninoff, Prelude in G major, Op 32, No 5
Rachmaninoff, Prelude in C Sharp minor, Op 3, No 2
Tom Haug, Piano

Prokofiev, Vision Fugitives, Op. 22
No 10,Ridicolosamente
No 8,Commodo
Scriabin Preludes
Op 22, No 2 in C minor
Op 22, No 1 in G# minor
Op 11, No 15 in D flat major
Richard Sawyer, Piano

Szymanowski Preludes
Op.1 no. 7 in c minor
Op.1 no.1 in b minor
Carol Barth, Piano

Bach, Two-Part Invention No. 12 in A Major, BWV 783
Chopin, Prelude in E Major, Op. 28, No. 9
Chopin, Etude in Gb Major, Op. 25, No. 9 ("Butterfly")
Guaraldi , "Oh, Good Grief!"
Patrick Shea, Piano

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Beethoven Sonata No Op 10 No 1 in c minor, Prestissimo
Florence Rollwagen, Piano

Copland, "Why do they shut me out of Heaven"
Copland, "Heart, we will forgive him"
Puccini, Tosca, Vissi d'arte
Martha Strickland, Soprano, and Tom Haug, Piano

Schubert, Op 90 Impromptu in G flat
Nancy Colburn, Piano

Chopin, Mazurka Op 50 No 2 in A Flat major
Chopin, Mazurka Op 50 No 3 in C# minor
Diane Cormicle, Piano

Blumenfeld, Etude for the Left Hand, Op 36
Victor Dyni, Piano

Poulenc, Suite Francaise
1. Bransle de Bourgogne - Tom Haug
2. Pavanne - Carol Barth
3. Petite marche militaire- Florence Rollwagon
4. Complainte - Richard Moss
5. Bransle de Champagne- Raye Haug
6. Sicilienne - Victor Dyni
7. Carillon - Judith Block

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Bach Well-Tempered Clavier Prelude and Fugue #13 in F# major by Rob Beers
The fugue is a 3 part fugue with a countersubject (16th notes heard on top of the theme during the exposition) that is combined with an invention (motives consisting of a series of major thirds are heard in all 3 voices after the exposition).

Francis Poulenc Suite Francaise by Raye Haug
In 1935 Poulenc was commissioned to compose incidental music for "La Reine Margo", a play by French playwright Edouard Bourdet, set in 1594-ish. Poulenc sought inspiration from the 1545 "Livre de Danceries" by Claude Gervaise, a French court composer. Poulenc left the seven Gervaise dances largely unaltered in rhythm or melody, but added his own quircky, and often dissonant, harmonies. The original score was arranged for a small wind band, with percussion and harpsichord. Poulenc soon arranged the score for solo piano.

Brahms Romance, op. 118 #5 by Joan Magagna
Brahms' Opus 118 consists of six short pieces for piano. It was composed in 1892, just five years before his death, and was dedicated to Clara Schumann. This set, and Brahms' other late piano works, (Op. 116-119) are generally considered his finest work for the instrument. The "romance" form originated in the 15th Century as a sung ballad and was often sentimental and extravagant. By the 19th Century, when designating an instrumental piece, a "romance" was typically a small, lyrical character piece, often with no formal pattern. The Brahms "Romance" is short and lyrical, but it follows ABA form.

Chopin Mazurkas by Diane Cormicle
Chopin wrote more mazurkas than any other type of music. These two were written between 1841 and 1842, when he was in his early 30's. Mazurkas are a combination of song, dance and storytelling. They are written in triple meter, with the accent on the second beat of the measure. The mood within each Mazurka can range from stormy and intense to lighthearted and dancelike. Opus 50, No. 2 in A Flat Major is less well known than No 3. After an 8 bar introduction, it has a theme in A Flat, a middle dance-like section in D Flat and ends with the A Flat theme. Opus 50, No. 3 features counterpoint in the opening and closing; the middle section is a simpler, cheerful dance.

Wikipedia information re Felix Blumenfeld (1863-1931)
In 1908, Blumenfeld conducted the Paris premiere of Mussorgsky's opera Boris Godunov. From 1918 to 1922, he was the director of the Music-drama school of M.Lysenko in Kiev, where Vladimir Horowitz was one of his masterclass pupils. Blumenfeld returned to the Moscow Conservatory in 1922, teaching there until his death. Other famous pupils of his include Simon Barere, Maria Yudina and Maria Grinberg.

As a pianist, Blumenfeld played many of the compositions of his Russian contemporaries. His compositions show the influence of Chopin and Tchaikovsky and include a symphony, pieces for solo piano, an Allegro de Concert for piano and orchestra, and lieder. His virtuoso pieces for piano, in particular, have enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent years.

Beethoven, Op. 10, No. 1 Mvmt. III, Prestissimo by Florence Rollwagen
Opus 10 (including this sonata) was dedicated to Anna Margarete von Browne, the wife of one of Beethoven's patrons. It is sometimes called the "little pathetique" largely because of its harmonic structure rather than its thematic material. This piece is angular and experimental, and moves away from the classical "Mozartean" harmony and structure. In some ways it foreshadows the 5th Symphony (you'll hear that when it comes up). The movement is in three sections, thematically similar, but as Beethoven would have it, harmonically varied. This presents great problems with memorizing it. The form is AB-interlude. AB-interlude, BA. This piece offers the performer a chance to play in bravura style without having to play too many notes!

Bach, Chopin, Guaraldi by Patrick Shea
There are only 15 pieces in each set of the two and three part inventions. This is due to the fact that they were intended for an instrument using meantime temperament tuning. Not all 24 possible keys were considered acceptable in this system, unlike the system used for the Well Tempered Clavier (WTC). Note that well temperament is not the same as our modern system of equal temperament.

Bach was one of Chopin's favorite composers. His 24 Preludes were probably inspired in part by the WTC, which is made up of 24 Preludes and Fugues. Two of his own Preludes were played at Chopin's funeral (E Minor and Bb Minor).

When published in 1833 (Op. 10) and 1837 (Op. 25), the Chopin Etudes (Studies) constituted a major advance in the technique of piano playing. It has been often remarked that they fuse supreme technical challenge with great musical substance. Of Op. 10, No. 3 Chopin said "In all my life I have never again been able to find such a beautiful melody." Chopin was not responsible for any of the nicknames given to the etudes, such as "Butterfly" for Op. 25 No. 9.

Vince Guaraldi (1928-1976) was a San Francisco based jazz pianist. One of his early gigs was to play during the intermissions of shows by a titan of jazz piano, Art Tatum. He remarked later that listening to the brilliant Tatum discouraged him to the point that he considered giving up piano playing. He wrote the music for 15 'Peanuts' TV shows, starting with "A Charlie Brown Christmas" in 1965.