Trevor Stephenson
Keyboard Performance • Piano, Fortepiano, Harpsichord

--Jan. 24 SOLD OUT--
Concert-Lecture by Trevor Stephenson
1855 Bösendorfer Concert Grand Piano
Music of Chopin, Beethoven, Brahms,
Debussy & Schönberg

Sunday afternoon, January 24 at 3 pm
Over the past two years I have been rebuilding a magnificent 1855 Viennese concert grand piano made by Bösendorfer. This is one of the last instruments whose manufacture was overseen by the company's founder of the company, Ignaz Bösendorfer (1796-1859), who established the firm in 1828. It has a classic prell-mechanik Viennese action--which flicks the hammers toward the strings (as opposed to the modern action which drives the hammers)--which gives the tone great immediacy and presence. Though massive and heavily strung, with tensions approaching those of the modern piano, this instrument has no metal plate to alleviate the tension of the strings, but relies upon an ingenious wooden frame design. The resonance of the sound is thus entirely carried by the wood and the result is a dark, intense and very clear-pitched tone that I find absolutely fascinating for the music of the composers we'll hear on this program. I'll also talk about the process of rebuilding this instrument: re-stringing with 19th-c. replica wire, re-felting the hammers, replacing the hitchpin rail in the bass, having iron-wound bass strings manufactured, etc.



Classes start this coming Monday, January 25!
Piano Music of Beethoven & Chopin

Five classes: January 25-February 22
Instruments: 18th-c. fortepiano, 19th-c. Victorian parlor-grand piano, 19th-c. Victorian upright piano, c. 1855 Viennese concert grand piano (Bösendorfer)
Topics: Tempo, tempo rubato, touch, articulation, phrase groupings, fingering, pedaling, tuning and temperament. Accounts of how Chopin and Beethoven taught and played. Correspondence between historical aesthetics and construction techniques used in making fortepianos and 19th-c. pianos.

This winter I'll be teaching a five-part course on the Piano Music of Beethoven & Chopin. The 90-minute classes (6-7:30 pm) will run on five consecutive Monday evenings from January 25 through February 22. All classes will be held at my home-studio (5729 Forsythia Place, Madison WI 53705). Reading knowledge of music is suggested. Enrollment for the course is $135. Class size limited to 20 students. Please contact me if you'd like to attend.

January 25 – Beethoven, Six Ecossaises WoO 83; Chopin, selected Mazurkas
February 1 – Beethoven, Sonata in C# minor op. 27 #2 (Moonlight); Chopin, Nocturnes in Db major op. 27 #2 & C minor op. 48 #2
February 8 – Beethoven, Sonata in C major op. 53 (Waldstein); Chopin, Etude in C major op. 10 #1, Waltz in A minor op. 34 #2
February 15 – Beethoven, Sonata in Ab major, op. 110; Chopin Ballade, Ab major, op. 47
February 22 – Beethoven, Sonata in C minor, op. 111; Chopin, Scherzo in C# minor, op. 39

2015-16 SEASON
Next event:
Handel: Messiah
April 8 & 10, 2016
First Congregational Church

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Songs by Mozart, Haydn & Schubert
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Trevor Stephenson, fortepiano

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Trevor Stephenson, harpsichord
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