Sunday, November 08, 2015
Cindy Moyer & John Chernoff: The Program and Notes
John Chernoff, piano
Sonata in C Minor for Piano for Violin, Op. 30, No. 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Allegro con brio
Second Sonata for Violin and Piano by William Bolcom
In Memory of Joe Venuti
Sonata No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13 by Gabriel Fauré
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.