May 18, 2014: “CLASSICAL VARIATIONS ~ COMPOSED IMPROVISATIONS”

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FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC Listening Seminars – examining the potency of musical expression

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Classical music variations are a great in-road to fine listening. It is a way composers “discover” music themselves.

Remember in the film, Amadeus, how right on the spot, Mozart made up variations on Salieri’s musical theme? A composer’s satisfying and perfected improvisation may become his composed variation in a written work.

This seminar is an up-close exploration of the moods, changes, and making music ‘speak’, that composers used to vary their musical themes and elements, and ultimately served their overall concept in these works.

“CLASSICAL VARIATIONS ~

COMPOSED IMPROVISATIONS”

with Rollin Wilber, Pianist

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MUSICAL PROGRAM

Ludwig van Beethoven: his sumptuous Sonata #12 in A-flat, op.26 (1st movement, theme and variations)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: his delightful and ingenious piano variations, based on the French folk song,  Ah, Vous dirai-je, Maman

Joseph Haydn: his piano masterpiece, ” Variations in F minor”

        …. and to round it out:

Frederic Chopin: applying these ideas of variation to his magnificent Ballade #4 in F minor

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SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2014 – from 2:30PM to 5:00PM

International Institute for Culture at IVY HALL

6331 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA  19151

ADMISSION: $25/general, $15/students and seniors  

  ** Admissions may be paid at the door **

Email: RHaas@iiCulture.org or call: 215-877-9910

venue website: www.iiculture.org