An Autumnal Piano Day
September 29th 2013

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Masterclass with Carson Becke
10:00am – 1:00pm
Free entrance

A relatively new feature in Festival Pontiac Enchanté’s musical activies, our masterclass series was inaugurated last summer with classes by Hinrich Alpers (Piano) and Donnie Deacon (Violin), and Continued this past July with masterclasses by Nathaniel Anderson-Frank (Violin) and Ella Rundle (Cello). Each student will have a lesson lasting 45 minutes, in front of a very supportive audience. Choice of repertoire is free, and can include more than one composition.

If you are interested in performing in the masterclass, please contact Carson Becke, for more information.

An Autumnal Lunch
1:00pm – 2:30 pm

Outdoor catered lunch available before the concert by Demeter Catering. Please reserve by phone when ordering your tickets.

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Carson Becke Solo Recital
2:30 pm


Joseph Haydn

Piano Sonata in Eb, Hob.XVI:49

Johannes Brahms

Theme and Variations, op. 18a

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata in C, op. 53 “Waldstein”

Franz Liszt

Funerailles: October 1849

Richard Strauss

Sonata in B minor, op. 5


Carson Becke, Piano

This Afternoon’s solo recital program juxtaposes three highly contrasting piano sonatas by Haydn, Beethoven and Strauss with two single movement pieces by Liszt and Brahms. The parallels between the three sonata composers are striking; Haydn was Beethoven’s principal composition teacher, and Beethoven, with his gargantuan impact on all German composers that followed him, was one of Strauss’s great musical idols. The first movement of the sonata features a rhythmic motive identical to that of Beethoven’s unforgettable fifth symphony.

Brahms and Liszt, who were also both hugely influenced by Beethoven, could not be have more opposite in their musical views and compositional styles. Brahms’ first symphony was deemed “Beethoven’s 10th” at its premiere, because of its many similarities and even direct musical references to Beethoven’s symphonies. Liszt’s teacher was Czerny, who studied with Beethoven.

Liszt met Beethoven as a young boy, and throughout his life as a performer championed Beethoven’s music. Compositionally Liszt was also influenced by Beethoven, but rather than developing a traditionally rooted compositional style in the manner of Brahms, Liszt became one of the most revolutionary composers of the century, even experimenting with a-tonal music and radically expanding the range and technical possibilities of writing for the piano.