Anthony G. Hernandez – Piano Recital – Music of Reflection

you can everyone thank you coming I’m going to present a recital here I’ve just a few pieces entitled music of reflection and I’ll get a little more into that when we get started but first I’m just going to start with the Rachmaninoff Prelude in D major you you thank you again everybody for coming out

this evening I really appreciate it I wanted to I think a lot of people saw that there a little donation jar I loved playing and I’m glad that everybody’s here feel free to put a donation remember no donation is too large the next piece I’m going to play is the Italian concerto listed with three movements then I would ask you to hold all these multi movement works if you could hold your applause till the very end just to kind of soak in the piece and each of the different movements between 1731 and 1741 James Bach published the four parts of a series Chloe are in boom for keyboard exercises in German which together comprise a command ium of keyboard styles of the period including six partida’s the Goldberg Variations the Italian concerto and several other works each of the four parts is an elaborate architect design the individual works and their movements carefully laid out by key and stylistic features consistent with the composer’s other comprehensive works including the well-tempered clavier the art a few the musical offering and also the mass and B minor that careful attention to detail I don’t know about you but it sounds a little OCD to me but I think also that careful attention to overall structure chant is channeling a higher power which is reflective and as you Luther in faith and you might also ask yourself the Lutheran writing a Catholic Mass part two of this series which includes the work that I will be playing was published in 1735 and on the title page Bach wrote that this was music composed for composed from music lovers for the freshmen of their spirits let’s see just to contextualize this piece a little bit in an historical perspectives Bach was 50th time that he wrote this piece and he had already had a eight kids by that point Mozart would be 21 years in the future the end of the Baroque period was in another 15 years Benjamin Franklin was working and living in Pennsylvania and the French and American revolutions were a few years in the future about this specific piece like I said there are three movements the first is not there’s not a type of there Bach didn’t write a tempo it should just be Allegro because it’s a very fast emphatic counter panel opening movement that Bach is known for and thinking of that overall design the last movement it also is also impacting fast energy encounter puddle as well so Breen kind of like a an art design to that the middle movement is very slow and haunting and has a very decorated elaborate embellished improvised melody I played the Italian concerto a few years ago in college and in planning this recital I had to dig up an old recording of myself and listen to it and besides the obvious errors that I heard you know there are some good things good things there I could see some talent coming through I suppose but my I don’t know my way of this we’re all in a constant journey and that was that was my place of my journey and what I would like to do is kind of revisit this piece and hopefully do Bach a little better justice and what I did it the first time I did it and just replay that it’s just most music for reflections so this is the pocket I can share down you

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this next piece the year 1917 brought

profound changes to Russia and it was them almost the most it was also the most productive year of Prokofiev life that year he wrote his classical Symphony his first violin concerto and his visions fugitives for piano as a young music student in st. Petersburg Prokofiev had sketched a number of piano sonatas then realizing how quickly he was developing as composer have left these early sketches in manuscript then at the age of 26 he returned to these youthful sketches and discovered that he still found much of the music attractive very quickly he composed two new piano sonatas his third and fourth and base them on themes he have written as a teenager to make clear their origin he published on each of the snod as a subtitle from old notebooks much of Prokofiev early music met with scorn and misunderstanding wasn’t it with scorn and understanding it but not this sonata for cofee I’ll keep the premiere in st Petersburg on April 15th 1918 during a week-long festival his music sponsored by the conservatory but the acclaim that greeted these works did little to reconcile a young composer to the changing political climate in Russia three weeks later he left for the United States and would not return for another 15 years I have to admit that it took me a few lessons to get used to this piece and get actually get comfortable with it it’s very dissonant it’s very anxious and fast-paced and it can be a little hard to listen to it’s true but what would helped me go through this piece is thinking it’s going through a story with myself thinking what Prokofiev might have been thinking when he was writing this who specifically told us he was reworking old pieces that he had so I’m 27 which is a year older than when via wrote this piece and I have all recordings of myself and old music that I’ve written in poetry and things like that that for research for this recital I dug up and had to listen to but you know like I said they’re really interesting they’re an appointed point in our lives where we were we still have places to grow so it’s interesting to think about Prokofiev maybe sitting down playing through some of these themes and also maybe remembering the times that like what was going on his life when he wrote it maybe here is mind-wandering a little bit so I mean in a sense he wrote music of reflection this is the piano sonata in a minor by Prokofiev you

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evident to the twenty-year-old mozart’s that Souls Burt was not the place that would nurture and promote his musical talents or ideas and that strengthen their strained relationships with his employer only at the Wolf Gang struggles and frustration in August 1777 after long detailed planning with his father Leopold Mozart assigned from his position as a court musician and a month later left on a tour through Europe in search of employment since his father could not leave his position at the Archbishop’s core Wolfgang’s mother had to accompany her son at the time on the trip to Munich Mannheim and Paris this trip however proved to be a disaster both professionally and personally as Mozart attempts at securing a position did not any results while his father’s increasingly frantic letters put more and more pressure on the young composer in Paris Mozart never even entertained serious hopes for some kind of success as they truly detested its city the city is people and its music which you ever been to Paris I don’t know I don’t know what he’s talking about there he did not make any important contacts rarely performed compose very little fell into debt and took Tapani valuables when it seemed things could not get any worse in the summer of 1778 his mother fell ill and became bedridden for three weeks when two coma and died in July the a minor Sonata was written during that Paris summer and one can be almost certain the tragic events surrounding the period amount Frieda darkened tumultuous an unrelenting character of this work being the first of only two sonatas written in a minor key but intended this composition opens with an aggressive almost furious sounding theme with a very distinct style rhythm the middle movement exudes an emotional depth of a mature and confident composure while managing to

reign in and preserve that hidden but always present underlying dark energy the last movement the veracity starts starts again with it opens with a haunting and beautiful yet troubled melody but yet somehow a monster finds a way to offer glimpses of light and amongst all the darkness that’s the second moved that last movement this piano sonata I personally can relate to you having my biological father died when I was really young during during those times in your life I mean there are a lot of emotions that we feel lows highs middle memories that were coming back good bad precious everything and I mean the best way to really deal with these things is to express yourself to take all the things that you have give you you’ve gained and put it out there and reflect on all these things some people’s it’s writing piano sonatas brothers it’s performing them so this will be this is mostly an astronomy minor you you you

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thank you for coming