- JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Excerpts from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I
- FELIX MENDELSSOHN Prelude and Fugue in E minor, Op. 35, No. 1
- Dmitri Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue No. 18 in F minor
- Samuel Barber Fugue from the Piano Sonata in E-flat minor, Op. 26
- ROBERT SCHUMANN Sonata No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 11
- In-person event
For one night only, Ottawa-born pianist Angela Hewitt makes clear why she is regarded as arguably the world’s best performer of J.S. Bach’s piano music. Hewitt flexes her classical piano muscles in this recital of music from Bach, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Barber, and Schumann.
Preludes and fugues are a musical combination that consists of two pieces written for keyboard, usually in the same key. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, which he wrote “for the profit and use of musical youth desirous of learning, and especially for the pastime of those already skilled in this study,” contains preludes and fugues in all 24 major and minor keys. Bach wasn’t the first composer to use the prelude–fugue format, but most who wrote in this form were inspired by him, including, undoubtedly, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, and Barber.
The recital comes full circle with Robert Schumann’s Sonata No. 1, which he wrote for his beloved wife Clara, calling it “a solitary outcry for you from my heart.” In the early days of their marriage, Robert and Clara had studied the Preludes and Fugues of J.S. Bach together. Robert once wrote to Clara: “Let The Well-Tempered Clavier be your daily bread. Then you will certainly become a solid musician." The Schumanns would undoubtedly be delighted to have the Sonata No. 1 presented in the same program as Bach’s glorious works.