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.