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Release date: Oct. 6, 2005

Mark Pair to present fall piano concert

              Wayland Baptist University Piano Artist in Residents Mr. Mark Anthony Pair will present a piano recital at 7:30 p.m. in Wayland’s Harral Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 17.

              “A Schumann Evening Soiree” will begin with Pair playing Robert Schumann’s Sonata in G Minor. The sonata contains five movements. Schumann, a German Romantic composer, originally wrote four movements for the sonata, but at the urging of his wife who thought the fourth movement was too long and taxing for the audience, he rewrote the final movement. The original fourth movement is now included as the fifth movement of the sonata.

              Pair said the sonata includes some very challenging musical movements. He said the moods are very stormy and pitted in contrast to the lyrical themes. Schumann was influenced by other early composers, such as Schubert and Mendelssohn.

              Following the sonata, Pair will perform three nocturnes from the impressionist period. The first of the three pieces is Nocturne (For the Left Hand) by Russian composer, Alexander Scriabin. The piece was composed to be played the left hand, only. The second piece, Notturno, was composed by Norwegian Edvard Grieg. The third piece was composed by Italian Ottorino Respighi.

              Pair explained that the nocturnes represent night pieces, suggesting romantic and picturesque moods.

              Wayland Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy Dr. Gary Belshaw will join Pair for the second half of the recital in a two-piano composition. Pair said the two pianos struggle against each other, blending and contrasting themes and moods. The piece is the only piano concerto composed by Schumann. It contains three movements in contrasting keys.

              The recital is open to the public and admission is free.

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