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Faculty Recital: Craig Nies, piano

Friday, April 05, 2019,

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  • Location: Blair School of Music, Ingram Hall • 2400 Blakemore Avenue • Nashville, TN 37212

Friday, April 5

8 p.m.

Ingram Hall

Craig Nies, piano

Pianist Craig Nies begins a new series of solo recitals focusing on Schubert and Ravel. This initial program features the most dramatic of Schubert’s last three piano sonatas composed in the last year of his life. The C minor sonata’s first movement is his closest to Beethoven, in one of Beethoven’s favorite keys, and concludes with a final movement that is similar to Schubert’s Death and the Maiden string quartet in its passion and intensity. The program closes with Ravel’s last solo work, Le Tombeau de Couperin, dedicated to the great French Baroque composer and to specific French soldiers in each movement who died in World War I. Despite the fact that it was composed during the war and dedicated to fallen soldiers, the overall mood is one of hope, energy and great beauty. It closes with the famously brilliant toccata. Along with these large-scale masterworks, each half begins with one of Liszt’s most moving and beautiful transcriptions: Schumann’s “Widmung” and “Isolde’s Liebestod” from Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde.

Presented with gratitude to a graduate of Vanderbilt University for generously supporting the school

This event is free and open to the public. Parking for this event is available for free in West Garage (2500 Children's Way) through the Children's Way entrance.