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Feb. 4, 2005

Breckenridge Will Present Lecture/Recital On 18th-Century Fortepiano Feb. 20

Pianist Carol lei Breckenridge, Farver Professor of Music at Central College in Pella and an alumna of the University of Iowa, will present a lecture/recital of music by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20 in Harper Hall of the University of Iowa Voxman Music Building.

Breckenridge's performance as a guest of the UI School of Music will be free and open to the public.

Breckenridge specializes in performances on the instruments of the 18th century: the harpsichord, the clavichord and the fortepiano. A predecessor of the modern concert grand, the fortepiano generally has a lighter and brighter sound than the modern piano, making it ideal for the music of the Classic Era.

For the Feb. 20 recital, Breckenridge will play on a copy of a piano made by the Dulcken firm of Antwerp in 1789 -- toward the end of Mozart and Haydn's careers, and at the beginning of Beethoven's. Her copy was built by Thomas and Barbara Wolf of The Plains, Va. Piano students will have the opportunity to play the instrument after the program.

Breckenridge will play four works for her lecture/recital: the Sonata in F major, Hob. XVI/23, by Joseph Haydn; the Fantasie in C minor, K475, and the Sonata in C minor, K457, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; and the Sonata in E-Flat  Major, op. 31 no. 3, by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Breckenridge travels widely with copies of 18th-century instruments, giving recitals, lectures and master classes to illuminate Baroque and Classic style. Her CD "Music of the Classical Style" was released during the fall of 2004 by Lark Wood Music. During the fall of 2004, Breckenridge presented several residencies in the Midwest, giving students the opportunity to play 18th-century instruments.

Breckenridge holds bachelor's and master's degrees in piano from the University of North Carolina and a doctorate from the UI. She has presented programs for the Midwestern Historical Keyboard Society, the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society and the International Clavichord Symposium, and she has played concertos with the Baroque Orchestra of Iowa and the Susquehanna University Orchestra. She has published several articles on Classical keyboard music and wrote the "Guide to Classical-Era Keyboard Music for Piano Teachers and Students."

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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