Concert Lecture Series

2016 – 2017  Concert Lecture Series

November 18, 2016, Friday – Margaret Mills
“A Tune of Her Own: An Exploration of Women Composers”

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Memorization: Connecting the Fingers, Ears, and Brain to the Score
“The Three Components for Successful Memory.”

The concepts of the visual, aural and kinetic processes all determine how a piece of music is put to memory. The best and most reliable ways to memorize will be discussed. Skills to assist in improving the process will be presented, followed by audience participation. Does muscle memory work? Is harmonic analysis necessary? When should a student begin to memorize a piece? Ms Tammam will also give insight into what famous pianists say about memorizing. Bring your questions about memory. The program promises to offer new ideas about how to remember what
is on the written page!

Steinway Piano Gallery, 501 Post Road East, Westport
9:45 – Coffee
10:00 Lecture
Free to Schubert Club Members and Guests

 

February 24, 2017 – Sondra Tammam
“Aspects of Memory”

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Most musicians know and agree upon the fact that George Enescu was one of the greatest
violinists , pianists and composers for the piano.
He had studied mainly with Louis Diémer, Cortot’s teacher and the dedicatee of Franck’s
Symphonic Variations (as well as Sarasate’s main accompanist). Also, it is well known that
Enescu played Beethoven’s Waldstein sonata for Cortot, after which the French pianist
exclaimed, in astonishment, that Enescu was a better pianist than himself. He was also a
collaborative pianist
and played recitals with violinists Jacques Thibaud, Joseph Szigeti, David Oistrakh (the
Franck Sonata), Carl Flesch, Yehudi Mehuhin; with cellists Pablo Casals, Daniil Shafran
(the Shostakovich cello sonata), János Starker, Diran Alexanian, Joseph Salmon, Felix
Salmond; with tenor Richard Tucker.
His piano music consists of five masterpieces: two suites, two sonatas, and a set of seven
pieces, called Pièces Impromptues. In this lecture recital, I will discuss and play his two
piano sonatas, in particular trying to trace the diverse influences that make up the fabric of
this fascinating music.

Steinway Piano Gallery, 501 Post Road East, Westport
9:45 – Coffee
10:00 Lecture
Free to Schubert Club Members and their Guests

 

April 21, 2017-  Rudolf Golez  “Mozart and the Minor Mode

A contradiction in terms? Mozart means happy. And ‘minor mode’ means sad. Put them together- ‘happy – sad’ – a contradiction in terms. Yes, when using the analytical mind. But use the heart, and you have a realm of sensibilities and colors that are in gradations of happy and sad but are neither nor, due to the peculiar sum of the effects of how the composition is developed and resolved. The minor mode shows the best of Mozart, all too often overlooked or underplayed by many. In summary, it highlights another Mozart quality known by many a musicologists.

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Find out what it is at the concert! Enjoy this forthcoming Mozart concert highlighting the minor mode aptly titled ‘Mozart in the minor mode’.

Steinway Piano Gallery, 501 Post Road East, Westport
9:45 – Coffee
10:00 Lecture
Free to Schubert Club Members
$20 fee to non-Schubert Club Members

 

May 26, 2017  Lisa Yui   “Schumann- Fantasie in C Major, Opus 17

Pianist and lecturer Lisa Yui discusses one of the masterpieces of the piano literature, Robert Schumann’s Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17. Influenced by Beethoven and his future wife, Clara Wieck, and dedicated to Franz Liszt, Dr. Yui will trace the musical development of this work with a complete performance at the end of the lecture.

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Steinway Piano Gallery, 501 Post Road East, Westport
9:45 – Coffee
10:00 Lecture
Free to Schubert Club Members and their Guests