Violist En-Chi Cheng Graduation Recital

    Taiwan native violist En-Chi Cheng’s graduation recital. En-Chi is currently pursuing his Masters of Music degree as a Kovner Fellow at The Juilliard School.

    Alexander Glazunov: Elégie, Op. 44
    En-Chi Cheng, viola; Elena Jivaeva, piano
    Russian composer Aleksandr Glazunov composed the Elégie for viola and piano in 1893. The style of the piece is described as an elegy. An elegy is a poem of serious reflection, expression of sorrow. This piece is thought to be memorial for Russian composer Tchaikovsky.

    Bach: Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
    transp. to G minor
    En-Chi Cheng, viola
    The Partita in D minor for solo violin BWV 1004 by Bach was written between 1717 and 1720, it is part of his compositional cycle called Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin.

    Mikhail Glinka: Sonata in D minor
    En-Chi Cheng, viola; Elena Jivaeva, piano
    Mikhail Glinka was a Russian composer and is often called the “Father of Russian Music,” He was a pianist as well as a violist. Glinka started composing the piece in 1825, the second movement was written in 1828. This much slower movement was once believed that Glinka did not complete, but he did. It was the third movement Rondo that he never finished. The movements are marked: Allegro moderato and Larghetto ma non troppo.

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