On Stage at Curtis

Graduation Recital by John Henry Crawford, cello.

A graduation recital by John Henry Crawford, cello. John Henry hails from Shreveport, La., and studied at Curtis with Carter Brey and Peter Wiley. His program:

Beethoven: Variations on a Duet from “The Magic Flute”
With Michelle Cann, piano
Dating from 1801, this is a set of seven variations on Papageno and Papagena’s duet Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen (“In men who know the feeling of love”) from Mozart’s great opera. Keyboard virtuoso that he was, Beethoven gives the piano at least equal billing with the cello.

Kramarchuk: Another World
With Katarina Kramarchuk, piano
Composer Katarina joins John Henry at the piano for one of her own compositions. Katarina is a native of Moldova, and studied composition at the Curtis Institute, graduating in 2012.

Richard Strauss: Sonata in F major, Op.6
With Michelle Cann, piano
This charming sonata is the work of the teenage Richard Strauss, composed between 1880 and 1883. In fact, it was mainly during his early years that Strauss strove to emulate the classical forms of his predecessors; the operas and tone poems of his maturity are his chief claim to immortality. The sonata’s three movements are marked: Allegro con brio; Andante ma non troppo; and Finale: Allegro vivo.

Piazzolla: Le Grand Tango
With Michelle Cann, piano
The Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla is renowned for his efforts to bring the tango out of the dance halls and bordellos, and into the world’s concert halls. He wrote pieces in the “nuevo tango” form which integrated jazz elements into this quintessential dance music. Le Grand Tango dates to 1982 for the great Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.

Music Word of the Week: tango
“A dance originating in urban Argentina in the late 19th century…although it became a popular society dance for couples in 1930s Paris, its origins lie in the Argentinian folk and urban tango.” (from the Oxford Dictionary of Music)


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