Amy Beach – Piano Quintet in F-sharp minor, Op. 67
Igor Stravinsky – Sonata for Two Pianos
Sarah Gibson – I prefer living in color
Heitor Villa-Lobos – “O Boizinho de chumbo” from A prole do bebê, Book II: Os Bichinhos
Alan Louis Smith – “5. Francis Poulenc’s Thank-you Note to Louise de Vilmorin” from To the Muse
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 “Archduke”
Piano Fellows at the TMC wear many hats. They work with their colleagues in the string program on such core works as Beethoven’s noble “Archduke” Trio, or in the too-often-overlooked territory of American Romanticism, as in Amy Beach’s Piano Quartet. They work together, making eye contact across their pianos, aligning gestures and timing in duos like Stravinsky’s Sonata for Two Pianos. They work with living composers as well: in 2018 Composition Fellow Sarah Gibson’s work I prefer living in color, which calls for some piano strings to be muted with Blu-Tack adhesive. And there are opportunities for solo playing in masterclasses and recitals – heard in “O Boizinho de chumbo” – “The Little Lead Ox” from Heitor Villas-Lobos’ three-volume collection of character pieces, A prole do bebe (“The Baby’s Family”) – a surprisingly graceful ballet on four hooves.
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