Sunday, November 08, 2015

Cindy Moyer & John Chernoff: The Program and Notes

Faculty Artist Recital: Cindy Moyer, violin
 John Chernoff, piano

Sonata in C Minor for Piano for Violin, Op. 30, No. 2  by Ludwig van Beethoven

 Allegro con brio
Adagio cantabile
 Scherzo: Allegro
 Finale: Allegro

 Second Sonata for Violin and Piano by William Bolcom
 Summer Dreams
 Brutal, fast
 In Memory of Joe Venuti

 Sonata No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13 by  Gabriel Fauré
 Allegro molto
 Allegro vivo
 Allegro quasi presto

Notes on the Program 
by Cindy Moyer

 Beethoven Sonata in C: Continuing my project of playing all the Beethoven sonatas.  This sonata is perhaps the most dramatic of all the Beethoven sonatas. It's in the same key as the 5th symphony – and perhaps even more tempestuous as that most-famous piece.

 Bolcom Second Sonata:  William Bolcom is  a living American composer. This piece is quite varied in style – some is very modern and dissonant (gotta love a movement titled “Brutal” – and it is…) – and some of it is very jazzy. The final movement is dedicated to jazz violinist, Joe Venuti – and is largely jazzy in style.

 Faure Sonata No. 1 : Faure’s music is famously lyrical and gorgeous. This piece mixes lyrical with some drama, although not nearly as intense as either the Beethoven or Bolcom.

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