On Stage at Curtis

Student Recital by Violinist Zoë Martin Doike

A student recital by violinist Zoë Martin Doike. Zoë came to Curtis from Honolulu in 2008, and studied with Pamela Frank. She graduated in 2013, and is currently a member of the Aïzuri Quartet. Her program:

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.9 in A major, Op.47 “Kreutzer”
Zoë Martin-Doike, violin; Chelsea Wang, piano
So, how did this sonata get its name, considering that violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer never played it, and did not particularly like Beethoven’s music? Seems that the original dedicatee, one George Bridgetower, made the mistake of insulting a woman whom Beethoven admired. The volatile composer removed the dedication and gave it to Kreutzer instead.

This is one of Beethoven’s most expansive chamber works, and typically explores every human emotion, from drama, to meditation, and ultimately to joyful exhilaration.

(This performance is part of a three-year Curtis residency by the mother-son team of Miriam Fried and Jonathan Biss. It consists of coaching, lessons and a recital of Beethoven Violin Sonatas.)

Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano
Zoë Martin-Doike, violin; Xiaohui Yang, piano
This is Debussy’s last composition, dating from 1917, one year before his death; it was the third in a proposed series of six chamber works. As expansive as is the Kreutzer, this sonata is relatively brief, clocking in at about 13 minutes. At this late stage in his life, Debussy was moving away from the misty impressionism that defined his career, and into a more abstract esthetic. We’ll never know where that would ultimately have taken him, and us.

Music Word(s) of the Week: Sostenuto
As in “Adagio sostenuto” from the Beethoven Kreutzer Sonata:
“‘Sustained, sustaining.’ … i.e. rather slow. It is sometimes abbreviated sost,” (from the Oxford Dictionary of Music)

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