Recital Series - Public Concerts

Recital Series
Photos: Bill Davidson

Recital Series

MAY 1, 2018, 1:00 pm
Free Public Event

Pianist Bill Davidson will present a thrilling program of nineteenth-century masterworks, consisting of Beethoven's monumental Sonata in A Major, Opus 101, Chopin's four Mazurkas, Op. 41, and Robert Schumann's Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13. The Beethoven sonata is a stunning example of the composer’s most advanced thinking about the sonata genre and composition for the piano. Chopin’s Mazurkas, little-known masterpieces, show the composer’s exquisite imagination in the realm of Polish folk-dance elevated to the level of art. Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13, are far more than technical studies; rather they are a series of variations on a noble theme, projected through a series of brilliant technical feats. The conclusion is one of the most triumphant of all musical endings, bringing The Recital Series to the end of a most triumphant year. Please join us for an afternoon of exceptional piano-playing.

Concert Program

Sonata in A Major, Op. 101 – Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Etwas lephaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung
(Allegro ma non troppo)
Lephaft Marschmässig
(Vivace ala Marcia)
Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll
(Adagio, ma non troppo, con affetto)
Zeitmass des ersten Stückes
(Tempo del primo pezzo: tutto il cembalo ma piano)
Geschwindt, doch nicht zu sehr, und mit Entschlossenheit

Four Mazurkas, Op. 41 – Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
No. 2 , e minor
No. 3, B Major
No. 4, A-flat Major
No. 1, c-sharp minor

Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13 – Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
(Studies in the form of Variations)
Theme (Andante)
Etude I (Un poco piu vivo)
Etude II (marcato il canto espressivo)
Etude III (Vivace)
Etude IV
Etude V
Etude VI (Agitato)
Etude VII (Allegro molto)
Etude VIII
Etude IX (Presto possibile)
Etude X
Etude XI (Con espressione)
Etude XII Finale (Allegro brillante)

A Meet and Greet Reception will follow the performance

Event Location

Rodef Shalom's Levy Hall
4905 5th Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
United States