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Faculty recital Jan. 30 features works for violin and piano

BOONE—The program “An Evening of Music for Violin and Piano” will be presented Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.

View larger imageViolinist Nancy Bargerstock and pianist Rodney Reynerson perform Jan. 30 at Appalachian State University. (Photo by Jane Nicholson)

Performing in the Hayes School of Music faculty recital will be Nancy Bargerstock, professor of violin, and Rodney Reynerson, professor of piano.

The program opens with Franz Schubert’s “Sonata in G minor, Op. 137, No. 3” one of four works for violin and piano composed when he was a teenager. The piece begins with the violin and piano playing the opening bars of the allegro gusto movement in unison before each instrument is used to repeat the opening theme.

The second movement, the andante, presents a more tender setting with its interplay between the violin and piano. The third movement, a short minuet, is more playful with its faster, three-quarter tempo. The last movement, allegro moderato, continues the interplay between the two instruments before building to a dramatic conclusion.

Bargerstock will next perform the one-movement “Sonata in D minor, Op. 27, No. 3” written in 1923 for solo violin by Eugène Ysaÿe. Born in Belgium, Ysaÿe dedicated each of his six sonatas to a contemporary violinist with each piece reflecting the performance style of the honoree.

Known as “Ballade,” the sonata in D minor was dedicated to Romanian violinist and composer George Enescu. It is known for its animated passages that feature rapid triplets and double-stops.

Last on the program is the technically challenging “Sonata No. 1 in D, Op. 75” by Camille Saint-Saëns. Comprised of four movements, the first two and last two are played as pairs without a break which showcases the interplay between the violin and piano.

The first two movements are characterized by a sense of agitation, ecstasy and reflection. The third movement’s minuet-like tempo provides a simple but elegant setting before leading into the final movement, an allegro molto, which is characterized by an almost unstoppable momentum leading to a grand conclusion.