Oct. 5, 2006
Guest Pianist Ryan Fogg Will Play Free Recital Oct. 16
Ryan Fogg, a pianist from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn., will present a new work by Luke Dahn, a visiting faculty member at the University of Iowa, as part of a free recital at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.
Fogg is director of keyboard studies at Carson-Newman College, where he teaches courses in applied piano, class piano and piano pedagogy. His Oct. 16 program will include several works from the standard virtuoso piano repertory. The complete program will be:
--The Chorale Prelude "Nun freut euch, lieben Christen"(Christians, be joyful), BWV 734, by J. S. Bach, arranged for piano by Feruccio Busoni.
--Sonata in C major, op. 2 no. 3, by Beethoven.
--Dahn's "Downward Courses," which was written for Fogg.
--Three Intermezzos, op. 117 by Johannes Brahms.
--Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 in C-sharp minor by Franz Liszt.
Busoni was a virtuoso pianist in the tradition of Liszt, but he is perhaps best known for his concert transcriptions for solo piano of various works by Bach. "Nun freut euch, lieben Christen" is one of 10 original organ chorale-preludes by Bach that Busoni set for piano.
The three sonatas of Opus 2 are Beethoven's first published piano sonatas. They also represent his first efforts to elevate the sonata from the form of domestic entertainment to the same level of seriousness as the symphony and the concerto. The Sonata in C Major is a prime example of this development, most notably through its use of a four-movement structure -- a structure previously reserved for symphonies and string quartets -- and the integration of technical demands typically reserved for the concerto.
"Downward Courses" was written this past summer. Its title comes from a poem by the Kentucky writer and poet Wendell Berry. In the score, descending melodic fragments, or "downward melodic courses" in the composer's description, are pulled from a five-chord progression that serves as a basis for much of the work's harmonic content. This will be the second performance of the work, which Fogg will premiere on a UI Center for New Music concert Oct. 15.
Liszt composed most of the Hungarian Rhapsodies during his years of on the concert circuit, so it comes as no surprise that the technical difficulties within these pieces are often great, the possibilities for showmanship abundant. This impulse toward virtuosity is combined with elements of both pure Hungarian folk music and Gypsy music, including the use of the so-called "Gypsy" scale and the imitation of the czimbalom, a Hungarian dulcimer-like instrument.
A native Texan, Fogg holds a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin, a master's degree from the University of Houston and a bachelor's degree from East Texas Baptist University. Over the past several years, he has maintained an active performing schedule, including recent performances in Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. He has also performed in master classes with Menahem Pressler, Angela Cheng and Horacio Gutierrez.
Dahn recently received his doctorate in composition from the UI. He also holds additional degrees in music theory and composition from Western Michigan University and Houston Baptist University. Dahn's dissertation work, "Edges," received multiple performances by the UI Center for New Music during its spring tour and has been recorded for a forthcoming CD commemorating the center's 40th anniversary.
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