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Three Non-Thematic Programs - Michael Arnowitt

Here are some new programs that will be of special interest for those concert sponsors who prefer a more traditional piano recital. Even though the below programs are not organized around a theme, I've still tried to put some thought and creativity into the selection and ordering of the pieces on each program.

For example, the first program climaxes to the second half, which consists of two major pieces whose forms and contents are foreshadowed by pieces on the first half. The final composition by Franck is anticipated in miniature by the Bach prelude from the Well-Tempered Clavier which has within itself three sections, a prelude, a chorale, and a (double) fugue, while the main theme of the fugue of Bach's Toccata from the sixth partita bears a striking resemblance to the subject of the finale of César Franck's Prélude, Chorale, et Fugue that concludes the program. Other connections of this sort can be heard, consciously or unconsciously, by an attentive listener.

Joseph HaydnPresto in Eb major

Variations in F minor
J.S. BachPrelude in Eb major from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I
Toccata from Partita no. 6 in E minor
Fantasia and Fugue in G minor (arr. for piano, Franz Liszt)


Johannes BrahmsVariations on a Theme of Haydn (St. Antoni Chorale), op. 56
César FranckPrélude, Choral, et Fugue

J.S. BachPartita no. 1 in Bb major
W.A. MozartSonata no. 15 in F major, K. 533


Claude Debussy"Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir" and
    La sérénade interrompue, from Préludes, Book I
Pagodas from Estampes (Prints)
Pour les cinq doigts (For the five fingers), d'après
    Monsieur Czerny, from Études, Book I
D'un cahier d'esquisses (From a sketchbook)
Ludwig van BeethovenSonata no. 28 in A, op. 101

J.S. BachTrio Sonata no. 5 in E minor
Gustav MahlerThe Lonely One In Autumn
Johannes Brahms6 Klavierstücke, op. 108


William ByrdSelections from My Ladye Nevells Booke
György LigetiÉtudes from Books I and II
Maurice RavelGaspard de la nuit

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