Robin McCabe presents solo piano recital Jan. 24 at Meany Theater

Robin McCabe
Robin McCabe performs with the UW WInd Ensemble on Dec. 4 at Meany Theater

Faculty artist Robin McCabe presents a rare solo piano recital at the University of Washington Tuesday, January 24, 7:30 p.m. at Meany Theater.

In addition to an homage to one of her favorite composers, Franz Liszt, in honor of the bicentennial of the composer's birth, she performs Ferruccio Busoni's transcription of J.S. Bach's Chaconne in D minor and Robert Schumann's Kreisleriana, Op. 16 in a carefully chosen program intended to inspire a deeper appreciation for the distinctive characteristics of each work.

"I strive, in my programming, for appositions which work for each other, one work serving in some way to highlight the one which follows, and, conversely, serve to make more distinct and memorable the music which has just been heard," says Professor McCabe. "So, ideally, the remarkable and lucid harmonic stability of the Chaconne is followed by the extraordinary, moody rhythmic instability and fascinating ambiguities of Schumann's "Kreisleriana."

She will devote the entire second half of her program to works by Franz Liszt, including the Concert Paraphrase on Verdi’s Rigoletto and lieder transcriptions of works by Robert Schumann.

"The second half of the program is, of course, an homage to Liszt, as I arrive slightly late to the 200th anniversary birthday celebration," she says. "But it is also all music that had its genesis as song. The Petrarch Sonnet 104 was originally written for voice, as are the two songs of Robert Schumann that Liszt transcribes for piano. And the final work, the Rigoletto Paraphrase, is an ingenious rendering of the popular vocal quartet found in Verdi's opera."

The full program is as follows:

Bach-Busoni: Chaconne
Robert Schumann: Kreisleriana
Liszt: Petrarch Sonnet No. 104 ("Peace I Cannot Find")
Schumann-Liszt: Widmung  (“Dedication”)
Schumann-Liszt: Fruhlingsnacht   (“Spring Night”)
Verdi-Liszt: Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto

 

Ticket information, program notes, and more details are available here.

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