Brian Marks, Associate Professor of Piano and Director of the Keyboard Division in the Baylor University School of Music, will present a faculty recital on Thursday, March 7, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall. His program—entitled “Can You ‘C’ Me Now?”—is in seven sections, exploring the character treatment of keys through the centuries.
The first section, “The Purest Key — C major,” includes the Prelude in C major, BWV 846, of Johann Sebastian Bach; the Prelude in C major, Op. 28, No. 1, of Frédéric Chopin; and the Prelude in C major, Op. 11, No. 1, of Alexander Scriabin.
“Transcriptions on the G String” includes the Myra Hess arrangement of Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Johann Sebastian Bach, followed by Dr. Marks’s own arrangement of the Prelude on Rhosymedre by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
“Tenderness — A-flat major” includes the Study No. 72 in A-flat major by Johann Baptist Cramer, the Song Without Words in A-flat major (“Duetto”), Op. 38, No. 6, by Felix Mendelssohn; the Prelude in A-flat major, Op. 34, No. 17, by Dmitri Shostakovich; and the Waltz in A-flat major (“Sehnsucht-Walz”), D. 365, No. 2, by Franz Schubert.
“Passionate Despair — E-flat minor” includes the “Intermezzo” from Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26, by Robert Schumann; the Prelude in E-flat minor, Op. 34, No. 14, by Dmitri Shostakovich; and the Étude-Tableau in E-flat minor, Op. 39, No. 5, by Sergei Rachmaninoff.
“Pastoral Delight — E major” includes the Prelude in E major, BWV 854, by Johann Sebastian Bach; the Song Without Words in E major, Op. 19, No. 1, by Felix Mendelssohn; and “Homeward,” Op. 62, No. 6, from the Lyric Pieces of Edvard Grieg.
“Restless Passion — C-sharp minor” includes the Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 11, No. 10, by Alexander Scriabin; and the Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66, of Frédéric Chopin.
The final section, “Return and Coda,” includes another Prelude (in an unspecified key) by Johann Sebastian Bach
This recital is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.