I am so excited about my recital coming up at the end of this month. It’s a mixture of very standard with modern standard repertoire…..and a surprise or two. It will be a mostly solo recital, meaning only one violin on stage. This is a difficult feat to achieve because there is literally no time to rest. But at the same time, very rewarding because the end result is entirely up to the soloist. It gives me a huge sense of accomplishment to play a solo recital. There will be a couple of short surprises with piano.
The two main components of the recital are closely related. J.S. Bach and Eugene Ysaye. The program will open with Bach’s Partita No 2, a piece for solo violin consisting of 5 dance-like movements (I will play only the first 4). The Partita is from a set of 6 Sonatas and Partitas that Bach wrote. The style of the Partitas is lighter and more free than the Sonatas.
On the other end of the spectrum is the Ysaye Sonata No 4. Ysaye heard a friend of his play a Bach Sonata and was inspired to write his 6 Sonatas. Each of these Sonatas is dedicated to a different violinist and written in the style of that violinist, No. 4 was dedicated to the infamous Fritz Kreisler, a wonderful violinist and good friend of Ysaye. The Ysaye is much more modern but still tonal and easy to listen to. Both Bach and Ysaye are very difficult and standard repertoire for violinists.
The surprises on the program will be played with piano but I can’t tell you what they will be or it wouldn’t be a surprise. You’ll just have to come and see!
I hope to see you all there. I’m really looking forward to sharing some of my favorite music with you!
– Amy Thiaville
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