It’s a joy to be able to welcome Tyler back to RVIPW for a third time with a programme filled with imagery. Beethoven’s hugely popular ‘Moonlight’ Sonata will begin the evening, followed by a selection of Mendelssohn’s most beloved piano works, the Songs without Words. These miniatures, which Mendelssohn composed throughout his life, contain some of his most beautifully crafted and heartfelt writing, serving as a very personal musical diary in which the composer expressed very precisely musical ideas that had, he alleged, no verbal equivalent. It was left to later publishers to suggest titles for the pieces, a procedure that Mendelssohn himself did not like.
Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is a vivid representation in music of ten paintings by Mussorgsky’s good friend Viktor Hartmann. – the exhibition in question was organised after the artist’s untimely death. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but music can paint a thousand pictures. A hut on hen’s legs, an angry gnome, and a ceremonial city bell: Pictures at an Exhibition is a musical kaleidoscope overflowing with fantastic colours.
Pre-concert talk with Tyler Hay and Victor Lim at 6.30pm
Beethoven Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight”
Mendelssohn A selection of 10 Songs Without Words
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
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