Thursday, March 7, 2013

Jones faculty piano recital is March 12

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Jones faculty piano recital is March 12
BOLIVAR, Mo. — The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music will present Melinda Smashey Jones in Faculty Piano Recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in Meyer Recital Hall. Dr. Jones will present works by Robert Schumann, J. S. Bach, Sergei Prokofiev and William Bolcom.
The recital will begin with Schumann’s “Three Fantasiestücke.” The title was inspired by the 1814 collection of novellas “Fantasiestücke in Callots Manier”by one of Schumann’s favorite authors, E. T. A. Hoffmann. Schumann composed the pieces with the characters Florestan and Eusebius in mind, representing the duality of his personality. Eusebius depicts the dreamer in Schumann, while Florestan represents his passionate side Other pieces by Schumann will include “Von fremden Ländern und Menschen” and “Träumerei.”
“Little Prelude in C Major” and “Little Prelude in D Major,” both written by J. S. Bach for harpsichord, are short pieces that require the performer to exhibit a strong technique. “Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82” is the first of theThree War Sonatas written by Prokofiev in the 1940s. The sonata was first performed April 8, 1940, in Moscow.
Rounding out the evening will be 21st-century composer William Bolcom’s “A 60-Second Ballet (for Chickens),” one of 60 short piano works commissioned from 60 different composers, each asked to each write a piece that would last 60 seconds. Bolcom’s entry is whimsical, and a perfect piece to end the recital.
The recital is free and the public is invited. For more information, please call the Department of Music at (417) 328-1644.
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