The faculty of the music department at EWU presented thestudents and staff with a recital on Sunday, November 23.
Dr. Philip Baldwin, a violinist and Dr. Jody Graves, pianist,performed works by Brahms, Bolcom, and Gershwin.
The evening performance was both captivating and intriguing.
The recital was held in the Recital Hall of the music building wasworth every minute of the hour and a half concert.
It was free to all EWU students and faculty.
The amazing performance was reflected through the audience wholistened and applauded with great enthusiasm. Both performerspresented the music with much delight and certainty. Their worktruly reflected the many hours they spent preparing for theconcert.
The concert started off with Sonata No. 1 in G, Op.78 by JohannesBrahms. It was a great beginning piece to engage the audience with.The composition was divided into three movements with a short pausein between each, and the tempo ranged from medium fast to slow andgraceful to fast and very intense.
The second piece was Sonata No. 2, “Summer Dreams” byWilliam Bolcom. This arrangement consisted of four movements, eachlasting about 8 to 10 minutes.
The first movement, called “Summer Dreams,” was adifficult combination between the violin and the piano.Graves’ and Baldwin’s expertise in ragtime combined thepiano’s jazzy side and the violins more classical tunes. Bythe second movement both instruments began resolving the dissonancewhile speeding up the tempo.
The third movement was in “adagio,” meaning slower andeasy on the ear.
The last movement was also enchanting and was played in memory ofJoe Venuti.
The last piece was by George Gershwin. Most of Gershwin’smusic was published in New York City because his jazzy stylewasn’t accepted by his teachers where he lived . He was askedto compose an orchestral jazz piece for Paul Whiteman, a well-knowncomposer in New York. Gershwin’s reputation skyrocketed fromthere.
The compositions Graves and Baldwin performed sounded Broadway-likeand lifted the spirits of every listener in the theater.
The applause of the audience at the end of the performanceundoubtedly rewarded the musicians, who came out to bow numeroustimes.