Pianist Jun Asai returns for her annual solo piano concert at the Colburn School’s Zipper Hall.
Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Beethoven’s Sonata 21 ‘Waldstein’
Liszt’s Sonata in B minor
The program opens with “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” the well-known transcription of the chorale from Bach’s cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (“Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life”). The text describes the believer’s intention to never leave Jesus and the joy He gives, and Bach sets this beautifully to music by weaving one melody (essentially never leaving this melody) throughout the chorale.
Two sonatas, both using the sonata form in innovative ways, make up the rest of the program.
Beethoven’s “Waldstein” Sonata is the first piano sonata from his middle “Heroic” period and combines virtuosic grandeur with flashes of innovation that would increasingly permeate his later music. This sonata uses the instrument in a way that had never been done before—from the opening repeated chords to the trills in the last movement and plays with the structure and key relationships in a way that expands and begins to question the definition of sonata form. The second movement merging into the third foreshadows the last work on the program, Liszt’s Sonata in B minor, wherein all boundaries between movements have completely dissolved. Although it is now regarded as one of Liszt’s greatest works, it was widely criticized in the beginning (Brahms fell asleep during a performance by Liszt himself, and Clara Schumann, whose husband was the dedicatee of the work, allegedly declared it to be “merely a blind noise”).
Presenter / Producer: Davar Church
Music > Classical
Music > Recitals - Instrumental
Event Phone: 626-219-6425
Colburn School Zipper Hall
200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90012
LA - Central / Downtown
Performance Dates: 8/3/2019
2pm on Saturday, August 3, 2019.
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Entrance is free, but seating is limited so please reserve your ticket ahead of time.
Please arrive early enough to find parking. Public parking is available at several nearby lots at varying prices. We recommend parking at the Disney Concert Hall across the street.
Event is sponsored by Davar Church. Donations are appreciated.
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