Matthay Festival 2019

University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

June 19-22, 2019

9:00 Welcoming remarks by Kevin Chance, President of the AMAP

followed by
A "Get-Acquainted" Coffee

Recital by the Winners of the 2019
Clara Wells Fellowship Awards

Terry McRoberts

Matthay Core: "From a Matthay Perspective: Recovering from Injury or Surgery"

Bradford Gowen

Master Class with University of Alabama students

10:15 Dan Franklin Smith

An Exploration of Rachmaninoff's Corelli Variations, op. 42

Stewart Gordon

Keynote Address:

"Sergei Rachmaninoff and the Golden Age of Pianism"

Constance Knox Carroll

Master Class with Clara Wells Fellows

Gordon Marsh

"Large-Scale Progression Feeling in Chopin’s Polonaise-Fantaisie"

A performance will be combined with textual scholarship and audio analysis (Sonic Visualizer) to explore the problem of maintaining structural continuity in this fundamentally improvisatory work.

11:30 Jim Lees

"A Walk on the Wild Side: Bartók's Out of Doors Suite"

Mary Pendleton Hoffer

"Scarlatti Sonatas: More than We Think" (includes harpsichord performances)

Stephen Siek and
Dan Franklin Smith

"The Introspective Rachmaninoff: Exploring the Lyricism of the Preludes"

Selections will include the F-sharp minor, D major, and E-flat major from opus 23, and the G major, A major, and B minor from opus 32

Ann Schein

"The Role of Legacy and Tradition in our Culture Today"

12:45               LUNCH (on your own)

2:15 Jennifer Shoup

Matthay Core: "Rachmaninoff and Scriabin: Applying Matthay Principles to the 'Russian' Etude"

Ward Marston, Francis Crociata, and Scott Kessler

Discovering a Monumental Recording by Sergei Rachmaninoff: "Bringing the 'Golden Age of Piano Playing' into the Digital Age"

Signe Sebo Zale

Matthay Core: Tobias Matthay: The Act of Touch in all its Diversity and Leonard Bernstein's Touches (Required composition for the 1981 Van Cliburn Competition)

Ward Marston and Scott Kessler

"Preserving 'The Golden Age' in the Digital Age": An Exploration of the Challenges and Successes of Marston Records

3:30 Barton Moreau

"Those Wonderful Mazurkas: Understanding and Performing Chopin's Three Mazurkas from Opus 50"

Panel Discussion (begins at 3:45):

“Commemorating the Legacy of Cécile Genhart”
Recorded examples of her art and commentary from those involved in creating the new CD collection

Panelists to include Richard Becker, Francis Crociata, Bradford Gowen, Mary Pendleton Hoffer, Barry Snyder, and Signe Sebo Zale

moderated by Stewart Gordon

Nicholas Susi

"Etudes as Program Music": Liszt's Transcendental Etudes and Rachmaninoff's Etudes Tableaux, op. 33

Richard Becker, Recital

Becker: Three Pieces for Piano (2018-19)
Mozart: Sonata in B-flat, K. 570
Schumann: Kreisleriana, op. 16
Chopin: Barcarolle, op. 60

4:00 Celebrating two important forthcoming CD sets honoring Matthay pupils (refreshments served):

An introduction to the AMA-sponsored Cécile Genhart collection with Mary Pendleton Hoffer

and Stephen Siek surveys the forthcoming Eloquence 7-CD set featuring the complete Decca recordings of Moura Lympany

Officers and Directors Meeting of the AMAP (at 4:45)


Annual Meeting of the AMAP (at 4:45)
7:30 Nancy Elton and Wendy Freeland
Duo-Piano Recital

Debussy: Petite Suite
Ravel: Mother Goose
Rachmaninoff: Suite No. 1 for Two Pianos, Fantasie tableaux, op. 5

Constance Carroll and Kevin Chance
Duo-Piano Recital

J. S. Bach/Hess: "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desire"
Bach/Mary Howe: "Sheep May Safely Graze"
Saint-Saëns: Variations on a Theme of Beethoven, op. 35
Rachmaninoff/Babin: Vocalise, op. 34, no. 14
Rachmaninoff: Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, op. 17

Ann Schein

Beethoven: Sonata in E-flat, op. 82a, "Les Adieux"
Copland: Piano Variations
Ravel: Sonatine
Debussy: L'Isle joyeuse
Rachmaninoff: Etude-tableau in D minor, op. 33, no. 5
Rachmaninoff: Etude-tableau in E-flat minor, op. 33, no. 6
Rachmaninoff: Prelude in B-flat, op. 23, no. 2
Chopin: Sonata in B minor, op. 58


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