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Brahms Oktoberfest

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Ulverston Parish Church

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Brahms Oktoberfest 2017

The complete music for Piano Solo and Piano Four Hands by Johannes Brahms, in 6 concerts

Weds 25th - Sat 28th October, 2017

Martin Rosoce, Anthony Hewitt, Mei-Ting Sun

1) Wednesday 25th October 7.30pm - Mei-Ting Sun

Sonata no 1 in C, op 1

Variations on a theme by R. Schumann, op 9

4 Ballades, op 10

28 Variations on a theme by Paganini, op 35

1hr 45 mins including interval

2) Thursday 26th October 1pm - Anthony Hewitt & Martin Roscoe, Piano Duet

21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1

1hr. No interval

3) Thursday 26th October 7.30pm - Mei-Ting Sun

11 Variations on an original theme, op 21 no 1

13 Variations on a Hungarian Song, op 21 no 2

Chaconne for the Left Hand, from the Partita no 2 for Solo Violin by J.S. Bach, BWV 1004

Scherzo op 4

Theme and Variations in D minor (after Sextet no 1 for strings, op 18)

Sonata no 2 in F sharp minor, op 2

1hr 50 mins including interval

4) Friday 27th October 1pm - Anthony Hewitt & Mei-Ting Sun, Piano Duet

Variations on theme by R. Schumann, op 23

Souvenir de la Russie (published before 1852 as op 151 under the pseudonym G.W. Marks)

16 Waltzes, op 39

1hr. No interval

5) Friday 27th October 7.30pm - Martin Roscoe

2 Rhapsodies, op 79

3 Intermezzos, op 117

7 Fantasies, op 116

Sonata no. 3 in F minor, op 5

2 hrs including interval

6) Saturday 28th October 7.30pm - Anthony Hewitt

8 Piano Pieces, op 76

Variations and Fugue on a theme by Handel, op 24

6 Piano Pieces, op 118

4 Piano Pieces, op 119

2 hrs including interval

It gives me great pleasure to announce a ‘mini Festival’ surveying the complete piano works of Johannes Brahms. ‘Brahms Oktoberfest’ will feature some of the most beautiful and moving works in the genre.

Brahms’s era stood at a crossroads between the Classical and Romantic periods, where music became a vehicle for the expression of personal feelings and ideas.

The youthful vigour, grandeur and confidence - trademarks of his early works - are far removed from the delicacy, intimacy and vulnerability of the later piano pieces. He took a leaf out of Beethoven’s book in the use of form and tonality (whom UIMF surveyed in 2012-13), albeit with his own unmistakable blueprint of intoxicating harmonies and enriched textures.

Brahms frequently revised his works, meticulously refining them over long periods of time. Schubert, (whom
we surveyed in 2014-15) churned out music at an astonishing rate in only 15 years. Brahms far outlived his predecessor, but wrote less. Hence, we can fit all his solo piano works into four recitals, and throw in the four hand works for good measure to complete the cycle.

We hope you’ll join us on this intense journey over four days at the end of ‘Oktober’!

Anthony Hewitt Artistic Director

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