Frostburg State University exchange student Mengwan Tu will present her junior piano recital on Sunday, April 3, at 3 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Performing Arts Center. The recital is free and open to the public.
Tu is from Changsha, Hunan Province in China. She is on exchange from the Hunan Agricultural University and is a major in the Department of Music at Frostburg State University.
Tu will begin with the first movement of Beethoven’s “Appassionata” sonata, one of his most famous and difficult piano pieces; Claude Debussy’s “Jardins sous la plie” and Franz Liszt’s “Liebestraum, Notturno III,” a pieced based on a French poem by Ferdinand Freiligrath.
She will conclude the first half of her recital with two works by Chinese composers: “Ping Hu Qiu Yue (Moonlight on the Lake),”by Peixun Chen and “Southern Part of China: Impression” by Jian’er Zhu. “Moonlight on the Lake’s” melody is bright, the tone is mild and indirect and the arrangement uses a lot of colorful textures, expressing the glistening on the pond. “Madrigal,” piece four of “Southern Part of China: Impression,” is adapted from a Yi nationality ballad, “A mei’s Voice as Sweet as Honey,” and is short and freely played. Piece five “A Li Li” is adapted from a Naxi nationality ballad and is very enthusiastic in character, describing a party with people dancing around a large fire.
The second half of her recital will open with Johannes Brahms’ “Variations on a Theme by Paganini,” which is based on Paganini’s virtuosic “Violin Capriccio” and exploits the full range and technical possibilities of piano. She will conclude her recital with one of the most famous pieces of 20th century American music, George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” joined by FSU professor of music, Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon.
For more information, contact the FSU Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
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