Explore Brahms’ Sonata in F Major
Evan Drachman, cellist and artistic director for The Piatigorsky Foundation
Doris Stevenson, pianist and artist in residence at Williams College
Cellists are incredibly lucky with the repertoire they have as just about every major composer wrote at least one masterpiece for the cello. There are six Suites by Bach for the solo cello. Beethoven wrote five Sonatas and one “triple” concerto spanning his entire career. Brahms composed two Sonatas, the early one in E Minor, and the later in F Major, in addition to his double concerto for violin and cello. There are concerti by Haydn, Dvorak, Schumann, Elgar, Lalo, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations and Strauss’s Don Quixote. The only notable absence is a piece by Mozart. Oh well… without the struggle of trying to do justice to a Mozart concerto or sonata, cellists can say how magnificently they would have played a work by Mozart if only he had written one! Cellist Evan Drachman and pianist Doris Stevenson will explore the Sonata in F Major Op. 99 by Johannes Brahms through discussion and performance.
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