THE F.A.E. SONATA: When Composers Collaborate Apart
Composers? Who doesn’t think of the artist sitting alone at his or her desk filling staffed lines with note upon note as they shape what they hope will be a masterpiece? But, that’s not always the case. Collaborations do take place and, while not as well-known or well-discussed in the field of classical music, there are many interesting works out there which involve the cooperative creative forces of more than one composer.
Ryo Yanagitani, artistic director-candidate and festival artist, explores the FAE Sonata written by Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, and Albert Dietrich, a work that is one of the more delightful examples of this medium. Not only will you learn about the background and history of this sonata, but you will also experience another collaboration —Ryo's own with violist Luosha Fang as they showcase two movements from this seminal collaborative piece. In these times of distance and uncertainty, the commitment to work with your fellow neighbors in shared goals carries so much weight and value. We hope this masterclass is an inspiration towards a better, cooperative tomorrow.