Violin & Piano Recital
May 26, 2019 5:00 P.M.
An exciting evening of classical music featuring some of the most enthralling repertoire for the violin. Tickets are FREE.
Please join us for free wine and deserts following the concert. Be sure to reserve a seat ahead of time, as seating is limited.
Grieg (1843-1907) Sonata No. 3 (1886)
Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764) Sonata No.3 (1743)
Amy Beach (1867-1944) Romance (1893)
Wieniawski (1835-1880) Variations on an Original Theme (1854)
Giuseppe Tartini (1692–1770) Devil's Trill Sonata (1740s)
About the Program
Grieg's Sonata No. 3 was his favorite work and has established itself in the standard repertoire. It premiered with Grieg himself at the piano with well-known violinist Adolph Brodsky in Leipzig. To a certain extent, the sonata is built on Norwegian folk melodies and rhythms.
Jean-Marie Leclair was the first Frenchman to write a violin concerto. He was one of the great violinists of his era and wrote extensively for his instrument, adopting the fast–slow–fast concerto format popularized by Vivaldi. He also expanded the repertoire of the violin sonata.
Amy Beach was one of the most respected and acclaimed American composers of her era and the first American female composer of large-scale art music. Her "Gaelic" Symphony, premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1896.
Wieniawski was considered a violinist of great ability and wrote some very important works in the violin repertoire. His Variations require great mastery and virtuoso technique.
Deep in a dream, Tartini was tempted by the devil's dazzling display on the violin. Upon awakening, the composer immediately wrote down all he could remember and the Devil's Trill Sonata is what resulted. It is his best-known composition, notable for its technically difficult passages. The sonata would become the basis for Cesare Pugni's 1849 ballet Le Violon du diable, as well as Chopin's Prelude No. 27.
Opera America (Scorca Hall)
330 7th Ave 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Michael Tropepe - violin
Mun-Tzung Wong - piano
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