A recital of Violin and Clarinet Sonatas. The program:
Franck: Violin Sonata in A major
Eunice Kim, violin; Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano
This is a late work for Cesar Franck, dating to 1886, when he was 63. Franck wrote this charming work as a wedding present for the great violinist Eugene Ysaye, and a sense of good spirits prevails throughout. The sonata’s four movements are marked: Allegretto ben moderato; Allegro; Recitativo-Fantasia; and Allegretto poco mosso.
Prokofiev: Sonata in D major, Op. 94bis (arranged for clarinet)
Stanislav Chernyshev, clarinet; Amy J. Yang, piano
There is a long and winding road to the performance we hear tonight. Serge Prokofiev originally wrote this music for flute and sonata in 1942; later, his friend David Oistrakh induced him to arrange the music for violin and piano, the form in which it is probably best known. This is yet a third version, for clarinet, to which our performer, Stanislav Chernyshev, added much of the arranging himself. The four movements are marked Moderato; Scherzo: Allegretto scherzando; Andante; and Allegro con brio.
Music Word of the Week: Key Signature
“A group of sharp or flat signs placed at the beginning of a composition (after the clef) or during a composition (normally after a double bar) to indicate the key of the music that follows. By their positions on the staff the signs show which notes are to be consistently sharpened or flattened throughout, in all octaves, thus establishing the prevailing tonality of the music.” (from the Oxford Dictionary of Music)