Mary Pappert School of Music
Caitlin McConnell, cello, Masters Recital
The program of my Masters Recital is an integration of many different styles of music, while containing an underlying theme of nonstandard repertoire from composers representing countries typically unassociated with the production of classical music. The first piece, Malinconia, was written by Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957). He was accepted as the composer who developed a voice for Finnish classical music. The sonata by Zoltan Kodaly, a Hungarian composer (1882 - 1957), contains elements from Hungarian folk songs and requires the cello's lower strings to be tuned a half-step lower than they are usually tuned. The third piece is a set of variations on a Czechoslovakian folk theme by Bohuslav Martinu (1890 - 1959). Following intermission, I will travel back in time to the Baroque period of music with movements from J. S. Bach's Unaccompanied Suite No. 5. This piece is full of a minor depth of sound which seemingly relates to the characters of the first half of the recital program without the differences in chromaticism respective to the themes of each of the previous pieces. The Capriccio piece by Lukas Foss (1922 - 2009), a recently deceased American composer, will lighten the recital's mood with its exciting rhythmic momentum and major mode, while the Concerto in A minor, Op. 14 by Karl Davidov is a beautiful off-the-beaten-path work with a virtuosic display perfect to end a recital.
McConnell, C. (2010). Graduate Recital, Cello (Recital, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/902