On Stage at Curtis

Graduation Recital by Violinist Eunice Kim

A graduation recital by violinist Eunice Kim. Eunice hails from San Francisco, and entered Curtis in 2009 for studies with Ida Kavafian. Her program includes:

Schubert: Sonata in A major, D. 574
Eunice Kim, violin; Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano
Schubert wrote this sonata in 1817 at the age of 20, and shows a new mastery of sonata form. The work’s subtitle “Duo,” reflects the equal weight given to both violin and piano. The sonata was not published until after Schubert’s death. The four movements are marked: Allegro moderato; Scherzo: presto; Andantino; and Allegro vivace.

Andrew Hsu: Four Biber Cadenzas
Eunice Kim, violin
That multi-talented Curtis pianist Andrew Hsu has also been churning out an increasing number of his own compositions, and Eunice asked him to write a piece for her graduation recital. As it turns out, Andrew had already created a work for viola based on Biber’s monumental Passacaglia, which is next on this program. He adapted his Four Biber Cadenzas for violin at Eunice’s behest. At the end of the Cadenzas, Eunice will move directly to the Biber with no pause.

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Passacaglia
Eunice Kim, violin
Biber lived from 1644 to 1704, and is considered to be one of the greatest of all violin virtuosos of his day. The same is true of his compositions for that instrument, particularly this Passacaglia from his “Rosary” or “Mystery” Sonatas. All of Biber’s virtuosity and compositional skill are employed in this work for solo violin, considered one of the greatest challenges for anyone who plays that instrument.

Astor Piazzolla: Histoire du tango
Eunice Kim, violin; Jordan Dodson, guitar
Piazzolla, the 20th-century Argentine guitar virtuoso and composer, pursued a lifelong dream of bringing the tango out of his country’s bordellos and dance halls into the concert halls of Europe and America. Histoire du tango traces the evolution of this sensuous dance form in four movements: Bordello 1900, Cafe 1930, Nightclub 1960, and Concert d’Aujourd’hui. On tonight’s program, Eunice and Jordan present the first three sections.

Music Word of the Week: Cadenza
“A cadenza is best described as a decorated cadence…(a cadence is) “a melodic or harmonic motion conventionally associated with the ending of a phrase, section, movement or composition.”
(from the Oxford Dictionary of Music)


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