Virtuoso Performing Composer

Pianist Kathleen Tagg performs music by some of the greatest composers for the piano, combining the music with anecdotes and stories about their lives as pianists and composers, to create a vibrant portrait of the artists, their lives and work.

 

This program takes as its point of departure the celebration of some of the greatest composer-pianists of all time- such as Liszt, Ravel, Mozart, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Medtner and Earl Wild, one of America’s greatest pianists whose virtuosic transcriptions of Gershwin songs are featured in this program. The program is, however changeable, and many versions of the program with works by myriad composers are available.

 

The child Mozart was renowned for his prodigious performing abilities as well as his skills as a composer. Liszt was a dazzling pianist as well as composer, famous for his great virtuosity, as well as for his great influence on the culture of the classical recital as we know it. Ravel and Debussy were two of the great French composer-pianists with huge outputs for the instrument. Earl Wild was the first person to perform a live recital on both television and the internet, friend to six US presidents, and the creator of wildly virtuosic transcriptions for solo piano of one of America’s greatest song writers of all time, George Gershwin.

 

Dr Kathleen Tagg, a frequent and dynamic lecturer and public speaker, as well as prolific performing pianist, guides the performance with letters, anecdotes and insights about the lives and performance careers of the featured composers in bygone eras, as well as personal anecdotes about the performances of these pieces and what it means to be a performing musician in today’s world.

Krakauer-Tagg-@-WGBH-120907_19-copy
Kathy-close-sideways-2010-835x1024
Kathy-BW-Goran-3-846x1024

SOUND CLIPS

Ravel Noctuelles from Miroirs  Live at Hamilton College

 

W.A. Mozart  3rd Movement from Sonata in E-flat K282 Live at Hamilton College

 

George Gershwin- Earl Wild Embraceable You Live at Greenfield Hall

Goran-5-943x1024

Program 1: The first 20 years of the 20th century:

Debussy Estampes (1903)

Medtner Canzona matinata and Sonata Tragica (1919)

Balakirev Islamey (1902)

INTERVAL

Ravel Miroirs (1904-5)

 

Program 2: Solo Recital: Virtuoso Performing Composer 

The presented programs are interchangeable according to the needs of each presenter, and can be presented as either an hour-long program or a full-length program of two halves.

 

Sample 1: 2 halves (in place of program 2)
W. A. Mozart Sonata in E-flat major K282
Maurice Ravel Miroirs Selections
Franz Liszt Sonetto 104 del Petrarca 104
Soirees de Vienne d’apres Fr. Schubert no. 6
INTERVAL
Nikolai Medtner Canzona Matinata Op 39 no.4
Claude Debussy Estampes
Earl Wild/Gershwin Virtuoso Etude no. 4 “Embraceable You”

 

Sample 2: 1 hour
W. A. Mozart Sonata in E-flat major K282
Claude Debussy Estampes
Nikolai Medtner Canzona Matinata Op 39 no.4
Franz Liszt Sonetto 104 del Petrarca 104
Soirees de Vienne d’apres Fr. Schubert no. 6
Earl Wild/Gershwin Virtuoso Etude no. 4 “Embraceable You”

 

* Other repertoire possibilities include Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Prokofiev, Beethoven and more.

 

Program 3: Storytelling in Paris: piano and narrator

Debussy Estampes (1903)

Poulenc’s L’Histoire de Barbar with narrator -narrating the story of Barbar.

INTERVAL

Ravel Miroirs (1904-5)