The Southeast Missouri State University Faculty and Guest Artists Recital Series will present a program of music for cello and piano entitled “Baroque and Romantic Masterpieces” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6, in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at the River Campus.
Featured on this recital will be Sara Edgerton, cello, and Matt Yount, piano, faculty members in the Department of Music at Southeast.
The concert will open with one of the great, beloved compositions from the Baroque era: Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Suite No. 2 in D minor for Solo Cello.” This composition is a majestic, meditative work for the solo cello, with the intricate harmonies and flowing rhythms that are a trademark of Bach’s compositional style. Edgerton and Yount will then perform a composition by the Spanish composer, Gaspar Cassado, entitled “Partita for Cello and Piano.” This work was written in 1935, and is inspired by Renaissance and Baroque forms with colorful harmonies from the 20thtwentieth century. One unusual feature of the work is that several of the movements are composed without any barlines, thus harkening back to the very early Renaissance period.
For the second half of the program, Edgerton and Yount will perform one of the great works of the sonata literature: Cesar Franck’s glorious “Sonata in A Major.” Originally composed for violin and piano, this famous work also exists in very successful transcriptions for cello and piano, as well as flute and piano. Franck was one of the most notable French musicians of the Romantic era; he was a celebrated composer, organist, pianist, and teacher during the second half of the 19th century. The “Sonata in A Major” was composed as a wedding gift for the great Belgian violinist, Eugene Ysaye, who performed it to resounding acclaim on many occasions. It combines all the characteristics of great Romantic music: beautiful melodies, brilliant and virtuosic writing for both instruments, and above all, that intangible ingredient of heartfelt emotion and expression.
“Matt and I have enjoyed preparing this program for the upcoming concert,” Edgerton said. “There is quite a bit of variety in the program, with works for solo cello and cello/piano duo; music from the Baroque, Romantic, and 20th Century eras; and music both familiar and less well known. We look forward to performing this beautiful music in the lovely acoustical setting of the Shuck Recital Hall.”
Edgerton is professor of cello and string bass, and conductor of the Southeast Missouri Symphony. Yount serves as the department’s collaborative pianist and teaches applied piano and keyboard skills at the University.
Tickets to the recital are now available and can be obtained by contacting the River Campus Box Office at (573) 651-2265 or online at RiverCampus.org.