Susan Waterfall will discuss and perform a selection of Chopin’s Mazurkas, the dance genre where he refined his mastery of the folk idiom and launched his most daring compositional experiments. Susan will also play Chopin’s Barcarolle, Opus 60, and touch on its special place both in Chopin’s output. and as a source for the future pianism of Faure and Debussy.
David Kadarauch, cello, and Miles Graber, piano, will perform Chopin’s Cello Sonata Opus 65. Chopin’s final masterpiece was performed at his last Paris concert and reveals his touching ability to write for the cello and bring new life to sonata form.
Although Chopin’s art is almost entirely dedicated to music for solo piano, it has been enormously influential, and to this day is astonishingly well known and beloved.
Join Susan Waterfall and an array of exceptional Festival musicians for four days of lectures and narrated concerts about Frédéric Chopin’s life and music.
“Waterfall’s productions always present exciting, absorbing playing of great music, but are also rare, distinctive examples of what can be called music education, though they’re more conversational, truly a sharing of perspective, interest, anecdote. There’s a sense of immediacy to her delivery, weaving in and out of the playing, an intimately conceived present awareness of this heritage. It’s something unique that needs to be experienced.” Ken Bullock, Berkeley Daily Planet