- Mendelssohn's Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14
- Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 54 in F Major
- Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 101 in A major
- Chopin’s Mazurka in C# minor, Op. 6 #2
- Chopin’s Mazurka in C Major, Op. 24 #2
- Chopin’s Mazurka in C# minor, Op. 50 #3
- Liszt, Czarda Macabre
- Liszt, Valle d’Obermann (which is from his Year of Pilgrimage, First Year, Switzerland)
|Mark Salman - 2014 NMTA Conference|
photo courtesy of NMTA
“I've always felt very close to the works of Beethoven, and have performed them constantly throughout my life. I've always been drawn to Beethoven's comprehensive world - his music has drama, every range of emotion and is intellectually endlessly fascinating and complex. Every time I come back to a piece of his music after several years I find I experience it anew, and find many new levels of meaning in it.
Liszt is a composer that I have also spent a great deal of time with. Although on the surface a very different composer in style from Beethoven, I'm drawn to him for many of the same qualities. His music has everything in life in it, and he was more open to every facet of life experience in its full intensity than any other composer, and performing his music is a wide ranging and intense emotional experience. The intellectual underpinning and complexity of his music is often overlooked, but like Beethoven's works, I find my experience of his music to be fresh and new every time I come back to it.”Aside from those great composers, some particular teachers and pianists that greatly influenced Salman were “David Dubal, a professor at Juilliard, from whom I learned a great deal about how to look at music in the context of other arts and general life experience, and…the opportunity to meet and play for Vladimir Horowitz, in whose presence I felt his connection with the long line of composers and pianists from Rachmaninoff going back to Liszt and Beethoven, and his feeling of duty to always do his very best in recreating the music of these great composers whose traditions he had inherited.”
Let us never forget the privilege of being connected to the great artists who left us the amazing music that never ceases to move us as Salman’s performance is sure to do this week!
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