The Youthful Keyboard: Inspiration and Instruction
This year’s Boston Early Music Festival 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 Dirutato Beethoven on original instruments of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston musical Instruments Collection specially curated by Peter Sykes for these performances. 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.
Part One: The Harpsichord
10:30am – 12:30pm
Featuring the MFA’s 1736 Hemsch French double manual harpsichord. Kenneth Weiss performs selections from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, by J. S. Bach and Fabio Bonizzoni presents “The Art of Variations” featuring Frescobaldi, L. Couperin, Geminiani, Forqueray, and Scarlatti.
Part Two: The Fortepiano
1 – 2:30pm
Featuring the MFA’s 1796 Broadwood piano. Anthony Romaniuk performs music of Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata, Op.10, No.1; Eroica Variations and Fugue, Op. 35. Yi-Heng Yang performs passages from the seminal Goethe novella The Sufferings of Young Werther ; Mozart: Sonata in Aminor, K. 310; Beethoven: Pastoral Sonata, Op.28.
Part Three: The Clavichord
2:30 – 4pm
Featuring the MFA’s 1796 Schiedmayer and the ca. 1600 Italian clavichords. Peter Sykes performs music associated with keyboard pedagogy: Girolamo Diruta’s Il Transilvano (1597) and selections from J. S. Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier; Daniel Gottlob Türk’s Klavierschule (1789). Ulrika Davidsson performsmusic to educate the musical youth: Selections from C. P. E. Bach’s 18 Probestücke.
Three-Session Mini-Festival Tickets: $60
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Individual Session Tickets: $25
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