Musical Offering (2008)

In 2007, I decided to put together a solo program of works that I would enjoy performing for an audience.  Over time, the program became as follows:
  • J.S.Bach - Fugue in E Flat Minor from WTK I
  • J.S.Bach - Two canons from the "Musical Offering", BWV 1079
  • Beethoven - Sonata No. 26, Op. 81a
  • Chopin - Etude Op. 10, No. 1
  • L. Godowsky  - Study No. 2, Arrangement of Chopin’s Op. 10, No. 1 for Left Hand      
  • Berg - Piano Sonata
  • Messiaen - Ile de feu I
  • Cage - 4'33"
  • John Starosta - Yellowing I, II, III
  • Larkin - Total Improvisation

As you can see, the program was designed as a kind of chronological overview of music (mostly intended for piano) beginning with J.S.Bach and ending with "today's music" (as represented by my improvisation).  In my usual fashion, I "entertained" the audience with various "tricks", such as pretending to be a human CD player in the beginning of the concert, "fast forwarding" through a CD album of Bach's WTK 1, until arriving at the programmed fugue (playing it at normal performance speed) ...  During the canons, I actually sang some made up words to the notes of the cantus firmus, while letting my hands play the canon parts.  As always, there is nothing like a bit of levity to capture people's attention.

As it's impossible to capture the live atmosphere of such an event on camera, I am not going to upload any videos, but John Lambert wrote an "in-spirit" review after my Meredith college performance, which you can read here.



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