Capriccio in B-flat Major, BWV 992 Johann Sebastian Bach
“On the Departure to distant Climes of his dearly-beloved Brother”
An affectionate attempt of his friend to deter him from embarking on his journey
A description of the misfortunes which could befall his friend in a sojourn in distant climes
A mutual lamentation of both friends
Un Poco Largo
The friends bid each other farewell, since they see that the departure cannot be avoided.
An aria of the Postilion
A fugue in imitation of the Postilion’s horn-call
It Is Well With My Soul Horatio Spafford/arr. Lopez
Concerto in D Major, Hob. XVIII Joseph Haydn
Assisted by Daniel Mulder
This piece is by far Haydn’s most famous piano concerto. It was originally composed for harpsichord or fortepiano. This movement especially emphasizes the aesthetic and stylistic qualities valued in the Classical period. Listen for the dialogue between the soloist and the “orchestra.” I enjoy this piece because it reveals a bit about Haydn’s character—refined with a few mischievous quirks.
Bergerettes, No. 2 Bohuslav Martinu
Assisted by Phillip Ledgerwood, violin and Elijah Walters, cello
A bergerette, or shepherdess' air, is a form of early rustic French song. Martinu, a prolific Czech composer, wrote the Bergerettes while in Paris. Each of the five pieces is written in a ternary A-B-A form with a central contrast. Most of the pieces have a scherzando character defined by a vigorous, dance-inspired outer section relaxing into a lyrical trio in the middle and a da capo repeat.
Prelude, Fugue and Variation César Franck
Arr. Harold Bauer
Franck was the organist at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and a professor at the Paris Conservatory. The piece was originally written for organ and is among a collection of pieces that were claimed to be “the most important organ music written since Mendelssohn’s.” It was later transcribed for piano by the well-known pianist Harold Bauer, a friend of Franck's.
What Grace is Mine Arr. Joseph Martin
This song is a dedication of my life to my Lord. It is a prayer, surrender.
All I have belongs to my Savior. I give Him all my praise. For, it is only because of His grace that I am able to call Him my Father. As the song, It is Well states, He loved me so much that He sent His only Son to die for my sins. He was nailed to the cross so that I could have eternal life. I claim Him as Lord of my life, bow my heart, take up my cross and follow Him!
Mom and Dad, I am so thankful for your guidance and provision. You have encouraged me in the Lord, in life, and in music. You took care of my finger when the doctors thought I would never be able to bend it. You constantly played music in our home. You required family “concerts” before every piano lesson. You attended each competition and every performance you possibly could. You even made me play when we had company over or when we went to Grandma’s. Each of these experiences helped shape me into the musician I am today. I still love it when you stop what you are doing to come sit on the couch next to our piano and listen to me play. Thank you for your constant love and care.
Mrs. Brus, thank you for pouring your time and energy into teaching me for the duration of my college career. I have learned so much from you. You have given me a desire to always strive to be a better musician. Thank you!
Dr. Ledgerwood, Dr. Brown, Mrs. Brown, and Miss Tschida, thank you for your influence in my life. You have given me countless opportunities, experiences, and feedback these last four years. I deeply admire each of you as musicians and Christians. Thank you for the time and effort you put in to molding me as a musician. Your instruction has been priceless. Thank you