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Durham University



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Musicon: Flexibility and Freedom | Hensel-Mendelssohn, Hummel and Schubert

19th November 2019, 19:30, Department of Music, Palace Green

John Snijders piano

Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn Bartholdy - Notturno Abschied von Rom Allegro molto O Traum der Jugend, O goldner Stern Allegro vivace
Johann Nepomuk Hummel - Piano Sonata Nr.3 in F Minor Op.20
Franz Schubert - Piano Sonata in B-flat Major D.960

Throughout the classical and romantic eras, music was often characterised by a pronounced use of rubato and the freedom, when appropriate, to add embellishments not included in the score. In fact, until the early 20th century, any idea of maintaining a steady tempo for longer periods of time would be seen as unmusical. This freedom is beautifully reflected in the lyricism of one of Schubert’s great masterpieces, the Piano Sonata in B-flat major, a grand work that was to be his last composition. It was originally dedicated to Johann Nepomuk Hummel, whom Schubert greatly admired, and whose third sonata also features on this programme, alongside a set of works by Hummel’s pupil Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn Bartholdy.

Having performed with the Ives Ensemble only weeks before, this concert will give us an opportunity to experience a very different side to Durham-based pianist John Snijders. Based on his research of nineteenth-century performance practice, he will be performing these pieces much like they might have been heard at the time they were written.

A pre-concert talk with Prof. Julian Horton will take place in the venue before the concert.

Tickets: £10, Students £4, Under 18s £1

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