Baylor's Amy Petrongelli in Faculty Recital

October 25, 2019
Soprano Amy Petrongelli of the Baylor University School of Music will perform a faculty recital on Friday, November 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall. Dr. Petrongelli serves the university as Assistant Professor of Voice. She will be accompanied by pianist Jeffrey Peterson, Associate Professor of Vocal Coaching.
Amy Petrongelli revels in performing music of all different periods and styles. Her diverse solo performance career encompasses music from Haydn’s Creation in Carnegie Hall to Berio’s Sequenza III at the Radio Nacional Córdoba in Argentina. An advocate for new music, she frequently works with living composers to premiere new works for the voice.
Their Baylor recital will open with the song cycle Ariettes oubliées (“Forgotten Songs”) by French composer Claude Debussy. Based on poems by Paul Verlaine, these six pieces were composed mostly in Rome in 1886.
Next, these faculty artists will present Jablko s klína (“An Apple from the Lap”), written in 1936 by Czech composer VítÄ›zslava Kaprálová to the words of Jaroslav Seifert. She was only twenty-one years old when she wrote this song cycle and died of tuberculosis four years later.
According to Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov, his song “Lúa descolorida,” written in 1999, “is at once a slow motion ride in a cosmic horse, an homage to Couperin’s melismas in his Lessons of Tenebrae, and velvet bells coming from three different churches.”
Also on her Baylor program, Dr. Petrongelli will sing four songs from German composer Hugo Wolf’s 1888 collection of Mörike Lieder.
The recital will close with the comic song “A Word on My Ear” by the English songwriting duo of Michael Flanders and Donald Swann: “I’m tone deaf. Music means nothing to me. It’s only the way my accompanists play that makes it appear I’m in key.”
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.
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