Matthay Festival 2019

University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

June 19-22, 2019

9:00 Welcoming remarks by Janice Larson Razaq, 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

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"

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, Janice Larson Razaq, 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 Janice Larson Razaq

"Invitation from the North Country: A Preview of the 2020 Matthay Festival in Duluth, Minnesota"

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

Kevin Chance and Constance Carroll

J. S. Bach/Mary Howe: "Sheep May Safely Graze"
Saint-Saëns: Variations on a Theme of Beethoven, op. 35
Copland: Danzon Cubano
Rachmaninoff: Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, op. 17

Ann Schein

Beethoven: "Eroica" Variations, op. 35
Copland: Piano Variations
Ravel: Sonatine
Debussy: L'Isle joyeuse
Chopin: 24 Preludes, op. 28


Hotel Capstone

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Last Updated on 3/28/2019
by Stephen Siek