FREDERICK HISTORICAL PIANO COLLECTION
Piano Concerts Series
Ashburnham Community Church
Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 4: 00 p.m.
|Yi-heng Yang, piano
Abigail Karr, violin
(Click on name for Bio)
|Sonata No. 1 in F for violin & piano, MWV Q7 (1820, discovered 1977)
|Sonata No. 2 in f for violin & piano, MWV Q13 (1825)
|Adagio - Allegro moderato|
|fragment of a Sonata in d for violin & piano, MWV Q18 (c. 1820s)||Mendelssohn|
|Adagio - Allegro molto|
|Sonata No. 3 in F for violin & piano, MWV Q26 (1838)
Violin by Vincenzo Postiglione, Napoli (1913),
bridge & setup by Karl Dennis, Warren, RI (2012);
Bow by Christophe Landon, NYC (1990s)
Piano by Tröndlin, Leipzig, c.1830
three published sonatas for violin and piano tell the story of his
creative life in a delightful journey from gifted childhood to
exceptional adulthood. The first, written at the tender age of 11,
expresses a charming precocity that foretells the composer's ultimate
mastery. The second, composed at 14, betrays uncannily mature angst.
The final one, written in 1838, incorporates all the joy of the first,
now on a grander scale, and, in a breathtaking slow movement, expands
on the passion and wisdom of the second. Mendelssohn left the third
sonata in disarray, with multiple drafts, scribbled notes in margins,
crossed-out or incomplete measures, and other inconsistencies. The
version we present today is our own reconciliation of the sources, and
unique to our performance.
~ Abigail Karr
The vigorous, utterly Mendelssohnian fragment is one of a number of surviving unfinished works. You can view numerous originals online at the Berlin State Library, a major repository of Mendelssohn scores. The new Mendelssohn-Werkverzeichnis (publ. 2009 by Breitkopf & Härtel, Wiesbaden) is a compendious catalogue of his music. As with the Deutsch numbers for Schubert, MVW listings offer a much clearer point of reference than opus numbers, especially for early works.
~ Christopher Greenleaf
All pianos played in the concerts are from The Frederick Collection
Ashburnham Community Church: 84 Main Street (Rte. 12) at Chapel Street, Ashburnham, MA (GPS: 42.6359, -71.9083)
Admission: $10.00 /adult (children and students, free)
The building is wheelchair accessible.
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