In Beethoven's 250th year, what better piece to play than the famous "Kreutzer" Sonata which is a favorite of the Alighieri Duo?! This dynamic sonata, that has inspired Tolstoy's eponymous novel and many other works of art, has a name with an equally compelling story. The name should probably be returned to its original dedicatee, George Bridgetower. Bridgetower was a dashing bi-racial violin prodigy who inspired Beethoven to write the Sonata and played the premiere with him. In classic Ludwig style, Bridgetower and Beethoven got into a quarrel over a woman and he rescinded the dedication! Ironically the replacement dedicatee, the famous French violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer, thought the piece much too technically awkward and refused to play it.
The most recent work of art inspired by "Kreutzer" Sonata is a young adult novel, "Someday, Somewhere" about a young violinist where Nicholas consulted on the violin and musical details of the book.
Finally, we will end the program with a selection of encore pieces chosen on the spot from our large collection currently piled next to the piano!
Violin Sonata in A Major, No. 9, Op. 47 - L.V. Beethoven
I. Adagio sostenuto – Presto
II. Andante con variazioni
Live Selected Encores