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Festival Concerts

Friday, June 13, 2013 from 10:30am to 4pm | Directed by Peter Sykes

The Youthful Keyboard: Inspiration and Instruction
Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
presented in partnership with Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts

Purchase Tickets at mfa.org

For centuries, most musicians’ first experience with music has been through a keyboard instrument, whether it be a clavichord, harpsichord, or fortepiano. For some, early proficiency brought fame; for others, the basic instruction offered by the keyboard’s many facets served as a springboard for a musical career as non-keyboard composer or performer. Those that stayed with the keyboard were and are inspired by the unique sound qualities of the various instruments and their expressive capabilities. This year’s Mini-Festival will combine the themes of youthful inspiration and instruction in equal measure, as six of the world’s most acclaimed keyboard performers explore music from Diruta to Beethoven on original instruments of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts Musical Instruments Collection specially curated by Peter Sykes for these performances.

PART ONE: 10:30AM TO 12 NOON
THE HARPSICHORD: featuring the MFA’s 1736 Hemsch French doublemanual harpsichord
PETER SYKES: (Due to illness, Kenneth Weiss has been replaced with Peter Sykes)
FABIO BONIZZONI: The Art of Variations: Frescobaldi, L. Couperin, Geminiani, Forqueray, and Scarlatti

PART TWO: 12:30PM TO 2PM
THE FORTEPIANO: featuring the MFA’s 1796 Broadwood piano
ANTHONY ROMANIUK: Music of Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata, Op. 10, No. 1; Eroica Variations and Fugue, Op. 35
YI-HENG YANG: Passages from the seminal Goethe
novella
The Sufferings of Young Werther; Mozart: Sonata in A minor, K. 310; Beethoven: Pastoral Sonata, Op. 28

PART THREE: 2:30PM TO 4PM
THE CLAVICHORD:
featuring the MFA’s 1796 Schiedmayer and early “Tosi” clavichords
PETER SYKES: Music associated with keyboard pedagogy:
Girolamo Diruta’s
Il Transilvano (1597); Selections from J. S. Bach’s The Well- Tempered Clavier; Daniel Gottlob Türk’s Klavierschule (1789)
ULRIKA DAVIDSSON: Music to educate the musical youth: Selections from C. P. E. Bach’s 18 Probestücke

Peter Sykes

Fabio Bonizzoni

Anthony Romaniuk

Yi-heng Yang

Ulrika Davidsson