Paul Thompson and Sara Edgerton
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 18, 2014 — The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Music Faculty Recital Series will open the 2014-2015 season with a recital featuring Sara Edgerton, cello, and Matt Yount and Paul Thompson, piano, on Sept. 2 at the River Campus.
The program will include music from the Baroque period to today, and will include music by Italian, Hungarian, Czechoslovakian and British composers. The recital is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall and is open to the public.
The concert will open with Antonio Vivaldi’s beautiful, decorative “Sonata No. 4 for Cello and Piano.” Vivaldi was one of the greatest Baroque composers and violinists, who wrote in a virtuosic manner for stringed instruments. This sonata includes lyrical slow movements, contrasted with lively, dance-like movements. Next on the program will be the evocative, expressive “Concertpiece for Cello and Piano”by the great Hungarian composer, Ernst Dohnanyi (1877-1960). Dohnanyi was a famous pianist, conductor and composer, whose music shows the influence of Liszt and Brahms. He began composing in the late 19th century and continued to compose throughout the first half of the 20th century. The “Concertpiece for Cello and Piano,” Op. 12, was a relatively early work, and is written in the marvelously expressive and warm style of the late Romantics. For the first half of the program, Edgerton will be joined by Yount on piano.
The second half of the program will feature short characteristic works for cello and piano by two great instrumentalists of the 19th century. Edgerton and Thompson will open the second half with two works by the greatest cellist of the 19th century, David Popper. Popper was born in Prague and quickly gained acclaim for his cello playing. He held important positions in Vienna and later in Budapest, and toured all over Europe. The two pieces by Popper to be heard on this evening’s recital are the “Hungarian Rhapsody,”No. 68, and the ever-popular “Tarantella,” Op. 33. Both works are extremely appealing and exciting compositions for cello and piano. Also on the second half of the concert will be a virtuosic work by perhaps the greatest string player of all time: the violinist Niccolo Paganini. Edgerton and Thompson will perform Paganini’s “Variations on One String on a Theme by Rossini” in an arrangement for cello and piano. The recital will conclude with an adaptation of Paul McCartney and John Lennon’s “Yesterday,” arranged for cello and piano.
For information about tickets, call the River Campus Box Office at (573) 651-2265 or visit rivercampusevents.com.