Senior piano recital
A senior recital is both the culmination of my work as an undergraduate piano major and a foundation for the rest of my professional career as a performer. The components of my creative project are my March 1, 2011 senior recital and program notes as well as a CD recording of my performance. The artist's statement details my growth as a musician throughout my performance preparation of each piece. Memorization, musical interpretation, repertoire selection, and risk-taking are four facets of musical artistry. This list is by no means exhaustive, but the music on my program represents each of these four aspects. All of the pieces I studied this year required growth, but each strengthened me in different ways. In my artist's statement, I pair these four aspects of artistic growth with the recital program repertoire to demonstrate my development as a pianist. Memorization J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in F# minor, WTC I Interpretation Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata Op. 28 "Pastorale" Repertoire Selection Bela Bartok: Suite Op. 14 Risk-taking Franz Liszt: St. Francois de Paule marchant sur les flots Though repertoire selection obviously occurs first in the learning process, I discuss the pieces in performance order. In addition to relating the repertoire to my growth as a musician, I share my reasons for choosing each piece and describe solutions to some of the challenges I faced. Sharing my approach to performance will encourage an appreciation for classical music and the performing arts.