Dr. Jay DeWire to Present FSU Faculty Artist Series Concert
Frostburg State University’s Department of Music will kick off the spring semester with a performance by pianist Dr. Jay DeWire in a Faculty Artist Series concert on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. The recital is free and open to the public.
DeWire’s program will include “Sonata in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2” and “Sonata in E Major, Op. 109” by Ludwig van Beethoven, “Sonata in B-flat Minor, Op. 35” by Frédéric Chopin and “Sonatine” by Maurice Ravel.
Beethoven’s “Sonata in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2,” dedicated to the Countess Anne Margarete von Browne, was written from 1796 to 1798. The sonata is divided into three movements. The first is in sonata form and creates many wonderful melodies. The second is a minuet in F minor with a trio, with the return of the minuet strongly embellished, more reminiscent of his Bagatelles. The third movement is in sonata form, with a fugal development.
Beethoven’s “Sonata in E Major, Op. 109,” composed in 1820, is one of his later piano sonatas. In it, the composer returns to a smaller scale and a more intimate character. It is dedicated to Maximiliane Brentano, the daughter of Beethoven’s long-standing friend Antonie Brentano. Musically, the work is characterized by a free and original approach to the traditional sonata form. Its focus is the third movement, a set of variations that interpret its theme in a variety of individual ways.
Chopin’s “Sonata in B-flat Minor, Op. 35,” popularly known as the Funeral March, was completed in 1839. It consists of four movements. The first opens with a short introduction, followed by a stormy opening theme and a gently lyrical second theme. The second movement is a virtuoso scherzo with a more relaxed melodic or a waltz-like central section. The third begins and ends with the celebrated funeral march that gives the sonata its nickname, but has a calm interlude. The finale contains a whirlwind of unremitting parallel octaves, with unvarying tempo and dynamics, and not a single rest or chord until the final bars.
Ravel’s inspiration for composing his “Sonatine” was a 1903 competition sponsored by the fine arts and literary magazine Weekly Critical Review. One of his defining works, “Sonatine” is Ravel’s homage to late 18th-century musical elegance and classical structure. The piece is in three movements. The leaping fifth melody of the first movement reappears in variations against different textures in the second and third movements. The final movement, “Animé,” nears virtuosic compositional style.
DeWire, a frequent solo performer and member of the West Shore Trio, has appeared up and down the Eastern seaboard and is becoming known for his dynamic interpretations of 20th-century works and his “old world flair.” Recent performance highlights include The Kirchner Project, a tribute to Leon Kirchner and his music, and the Aspen Music Festival. DeWire has recorded three live performance solo CDs, including an all 20th-century concert that includes works by Ravel, Debussy, Bartok, Rzewski and Messiaen. He has also recorded an all-Brahms concert featuring the recently discovered Gavottes, which he arranged and completed for concert performance.
For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
Saturday, February 3 at 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Pealer Recital Hall, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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