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Maria Rose, piano and lecture

Date & Time: Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Location: Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main Street, Village of Hunter

Pianos in Vienna and London around 1800: Reconcilable Differences?

Anton Walter piano ca. 1785 (replica by John Lyon, 1985)
John Broadwood piano ca. 1842
Broadwood piano selected from the Steven E. Greenstein Collection
of the Catskill Mountain Foundation Piano Performance Museum

A recital of sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven, Koželuh, Dussek, and Clementi on pianos with which the composers would have been familiar. The differences between pianos in Vienna and London, and the implications for the music and performance habits of the time, are explained by pianist and musicologist Maria Rose. Why is a Mozart sonata different when played on a 1790 Viennese piano and why was Mozart critical of Clementi’s playing when they played in a contest at the Viennese court in 1781? Why were Koželuh’s sonatas more popular than Mozart’s in 1790, how did Dussek influence piano builders, and why was Clementi called the “father of the piano”? These are some of the questions that will be answered in brief lectures framing the performance of familiar piano music in new and unexpected ways.

Leopold Koželuh Sonata in A major, op. 35 no. 2
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonata in B flat Major, K. 333
Muzio Clementi Sonata in B flat Major, Op. 24 no. 2 (I)
Muzio Clementi Sonata in B Minor, Op. 40 no. 2
Jan Ladislav Dussek Sonata in G Minor, Op. 10 no. 2
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata in G Major, Op. 14 no. 2

Maria van Epenhuysen Rose is a native from the Netherlands and holds degrees in Piano Performance from the Groningen Conservatory, the Royal Academy of Music in London, and Bowling Green State University in Ohio.  She also has an M.A. in Classical Languages from the University of Toledo and a Ph.D. in Musicology from New York University (2006) with the dissertation “L’Art de Bien Chanter: French pianos and their Music before 1820.”  Ms. Rose is the author of many articles on piano performance practice and is an active performer on historical instruments; she has appeared in solo recitals and chamber music concerts across Europe and the U.S.  She has also recorded piano works by Hummel, Clementi, Field, Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn for Musical Heritage Society and Newport Classic/Sony labels.  Most recently, she recorded songs by 19th-century French women composers with soprano Florence Launay. Ms. Rose has taught at the University of Toledo, the Cooper Union, New York University, and Montclair State University. She presently works as editor at the International Center of RILM (Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale) at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City and lives in Stone Ridge, New York.



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