On Stage at Curtis

Student Recital: Ewazen, Primrose, Ysaÿe, Kreisler and Ravel

A varied student recital featuring:

Eric Ewazen: Northern Lights
Won Suk Lee, marimba
Cleveland native Eric Ewazen was born in 1954, and currently serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School. A combination of beautiful tonality and challenging technique has made “Northern Lights” a classic of the marimba literature since its composition in 1989.

Primrose: Viola Arrangements of Paganini, Tchaikovsky & Zimbalist
Ren Martin-Doike, viola; Amy J. Yang, piano
William Primrose was one of the most prominent violists of the early/mid 20th century, and was a Curtis Institute faculty member. Tonight, Ren tackles three of Primrose’s viola transcriptions: Paganini’s “La campanella” from his Violin Concerto No. 2; Tchaikovsky’s None, but the Lonely Heart; and the Tango from
Sarasateana by the late violinist and Curtis president Efrem Zimbalist.

Ysaÿe: Cello Sonata, Op. 28
Timotheos Petrin, cello
The great Belgian violinist and composer Eugène Ysaÿe lived from 1858 to 1931. He revered the music of Bach, and wrote a series of six solo violin sonatas inspired by the master. At the same time, he also created this solo cello sonata, also inspired by Bach. The sonata’s four movements are marked: 1. Grave: Lento e sempre sostenuto; 2. Intermezzo: Poco allegretto e grazioso; 3. In modo di recitativo: Adagio; 4. Finale con brio: Allegro tempo fermo.

Kreisler: Schön Rosmarin
Timmy Chooi, violin; Jungeun Kim, piano
Fritz Kreisler (1875 – 1962), was also a great violinist and composer. Schön Rosmarin (“Lovely Rosemary”) was the third of a triptych of Kreisler’s light violin pieces which he often played as encores in his recitals. The others include Liebesfreud (“Love’s Joy”) and Liebesleid (“Love’s Sorrow”).

Ravel: Tzigane
Timmy Chooi, violin; Jungeun Kim, piano
Timmy returns for a real finger-buster in Maurice Ravel’s Tzigane. The title translates as “Gypsy,” but the atmosphere here is more of a general musical exoticism. Tzigane marks a departure from Ravel’s signature impressionistic style; instead, we are treated to an old-fashioned Romantic-era showpiece. Ravel later created an alternate version for violin and orchestra.

Music Word of the Week: Marimba
“One of the commonest African names for the xylophone, usually with calabash resonators…these instruments were adapted by Deagan of Chicago in about 1910 as a low-pitched and richer-toned form of xylophone, with the rosewood bars in the same layout as a piano keyboard and stopped metal tubes as resonators.”
(from the Oxford Dictionary of Music)


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