Solo Programs


Chopin’s influence has been felt by virtually every composer writing piano music after him. This program traces connections between Chopin and four later composers who stood on his shoulders.

Chopin: Nocturne in B-flat minor, Op. 9, No. 1
Rachmaninoff: Moment musicale in B-flat minor, Op. 16, No. 1
Scriabin: Fantasy in B Minor, Op. 28
Erik Satie: Nocturnes Nos. 2, 3, and 4
Isaac Albeniz: Evocation and El Puerto, from Iberia book 1
Chopin: Mazurkas, Op. 24, Nos. 2, 3 and 4
Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52



The music of 19th-century Europe and 20th-century America are brought closer together by two touching song arrangements by the great improvisers of each era.

Chopin: Barcarolle, Op. 60
Schubert: Drei Klavierstücke, D 946
Schubert arr. Liszt: Der Müller und der Bach
Dawes/Sigman arr. Keith Jarrett: It’s All in the Game
William Bolcom: Graceful Ghost Rag, The Poltergeist
Igor Stravinsky: Piano-Rag-Music
William Albright: The Nightmare Fantasy Rag


BEETHOVEN AND SCHUBERT (short, no intermission)

Beethoven is heard at his most playful and Schubert at his darkest. The contrasting sonatas each contain a finale based on the Italian dance form, Tarantella, but in completely different emotional worlds.

Beethoven: Sonata in E-flat, Op. 31, No. 3
Schubert: Sonata in C minor, D 958


SCHUBERT, RAVEL, CHOPIN (short, no intermission)

This program explores shorter forms in the hands of three of the most unique composers. Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales are paired with selections from the Schubert waltzes that inspired Ravel to write them.

Schubert: Impromptu in C minor, Op. 90, No. 1
Schubert: Valses nobles and Valses sentimentales (selections)
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
Chopin: Mazurkas, Op. 59, Nos. 1 and 2
Chopin: Ballades Nos. 3 and 4