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Visiting quartet residency program culmination concert part 2

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2019-04-03

Selections from Anton Rubinstein's Morceaux, Opus 16 and Opus 104: Discussion and Recording Project

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Remembered as a virtuoso pianist from the Romantic period, Anton Rubinstein (1829-1894) was well-known for his outstanding piano technique and his series of historic recitals. Rubinstein was also a prolific composer, and piano music constitutes a substantial portion of his

Remembered as a virtuoso pianist from the Romantic period, Anton Rubinstein (1829-1894) was well-known for his outstanding piano technique and his series of historic recitals. Rubinstein was also a prolific composer, and piano music constitutes a substantial portion of his output. Scholars and pianists recently have shown interest in Rubinstein’s music, primarily his piano sonatas and études. His Morceaux, however, receive little notice and are seldom performed by pianists today. The project at hand examines four pieces: Impromptu and Serenade from Morceaux, Op. 16, and Ballade and Variations from Morceaux, Op. 104. These works are explored from both compositional and performance perspectives. After a brief introduction about Rubinstein’s life and his piano music, the four pieces from these two sets of Morceaux are described analytically. Performance suggestions follow the description of each piece, concentrating on the technical and expressive challenges for pianists.

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2021