BOONE—Works by Grieg, Chopin, Ravel, Gershwin and ter Veldhius will be performed during an Oct. 11 recital by pianist Rodney Reynerson. The free event begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University.
He will open the recital with two works by Edvard Grieg – “Nocturne, Op. 54 No. 4” and ‘Wedding Day at Troldahaugen, Op. 65. No. 6. The nocturne is from Grieg’s well-known “Lyric Pieces,” a collection of 66 short works for piano composed between 1867 and 1901. “Wedding Day at Troldahaugen” is also from his “Lyric Pieces” collection.
Reynerson also will perform several well-known etudes by Frederick Chopin, including “etude in A-flat Major,” “Prelude in A-flat Major” and “Waltz in C-sharp Minor.”
Maurice Ravel’s three-part “Sonatine” follows. The work was written for a competition sponsored by a fine arts and literary magazine which required a first movement of no more than 75 measures. The prize was 100 francs. The competition was ultimately canceled because of the magazine’s financial difficulties. Ravel later wrote the final two movements in the composition and the entire work was published by the Durand music publishing company.
The recital will conclude with a selection of works by George Gershwin, including “Somebody Loves Me,” “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise,” “The Man I Love” and “I Got Rhythm” and Jacob ter Velduis’ “The Body of Your Dreams,” written for piano and soundtrack.
Reynerson has been a member of the Hayes School of Music faculty since 1980.
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