Program Notes

About the Music

You will hear fanciful music.  These compositions are products of the heart of humanism, of the individual.  The underlying form ...
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The Sonata - 2008 Program History dates the first use of the term sonata from a treatise by the italian ...
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There are many forms in music and all music has structure.  Even the absence of order has its method.  If ...
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2011 Program - Chopin dedicated most of his musical creativity to compositions for the piano, and the creation of the ...
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Invention of the modern piano has been credited to Bartolemeau Christofori who around 1700 developed the first pianoforte (meaning soft/loud) ...
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About the Composers

Our man Domenico was born in Naples, Italy. And yet his life is strongly associated with Spain. This is probably ...
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Of Liszt’s four Mephistos, the first, programmed here, was written between 1859 and 1860 at the end of his prolific ...
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Franz Liszt was born in 1811 the year after Chopin’s birth, but unlike Chopin’s 39 years, he lived 76 years ...
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Of the six Consolations written between 1849 and 1850, the third in Db is probably the best known. The Consolations ...
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Schubert wrote two sets of four impromptus.  Though some of the first movement sonata-allegro elements are well hidden, I think ...
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The third sonata was written between 1844 and 1845. The first of four movements follows fairly strict sonata allegro form,though ...
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 Chopin Nocturnes Opus 15 Chopin dedicated most of his musical creativity to compositions for the piano.  And the creation of ...
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Chopin wrote many works for the piano.  His musical output was entirely directed towards this favored instrument.  He wrote two ...
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Bach Partita No. 1 in Bb major The Bb partita, as it’s called, begins with an introductory “Praeludium” then follows ...
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Transcribed by Vladimir Horowitz John Philip Sousa (1854-1932 ) “The March King”The Stars and Stripes Forever was first presented on ...
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Beethoven Sonata No. 31 in Ab Major, Op. 110 In the late sonatas Beethoven returned to forms found in the ...
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Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827) Sonata, Opus 57 about Beethoven wrote his opus 57 sonata between the years of 1804 and ...
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The “moonlight sonata” might well be the composer’s most popular work, though it is only the first movement that garners ...
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Although Beethoven’s Opus 79 was completed in 1809 during his “romantic” period, it has a classical air about it. The ...
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Invention of the modern piano has been credited to Bartolemeau Christofori who, around 1700, developed the first pianoforte (meaning soft/loud) ...
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Moskowski wrote many pieces for the piano including two sets of technical studies and many short pieces.  Other pieces heard ...
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La Campanella Of Liszt’s six Paganini etudes, La Campanella is the only one which is not drawn from one of ...
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