The National Opera and Ballet Theater presents on the evening of March 7, at 7 p.m., at the “Tonin Harapi” Hall of the “Jordan Misja” Artistic Lyceum:

CLASSICS AT THE OPERA / DUO – CHAMBER MUSIC

 

Soloists:

Piano: Herta Cane

Cello: Jona Çegrani

 

Program:

Ludwig van Beethoven – Cello Sonata No.1 in F major op.5-1

Sergei Prokofiev – Sonata for Cello & Piano in C major, Op. 119

Aleksandr Scriabin – Romance for Cello and Piano

 

 

This artistic initiative is also a way of promoting and encouraging individual professional growth, in any sector, including strings. The goal is soloist growth through chamber music, which in this case supports two new elements that have recently joined the NTOB Orchestra. Initially, chamber music referred to a type of classical music that was performed in a small space such as a house or a flat. The number of instruments used was just a few, without a conductor to lead the musicians. During the 20th century, chamber music took on new forms by combining various instruments, including vocals.

 

Ludwig van Beethoven

His first teacher was his father, who was himself a tenor in the Royal Court. Although he did not have distinct ear training, he was able to recognize his son’s talent, which he sought to exploit. At the age of four, he was forced to study the piano until dawn – and often because of his father’s irrational strictness, Beethoven often thought of abandoning his music studies. Beethoven made his first appearance at the age of seven. His most popular works are 9 symphonies, 5 piano concerts, 32 sonatas, 16 quartets, as well as chamber music and choral works, and various songs. Although he eventually retired from playing the piano because of hearing loss, he continued to compose throughout his life. Beethoven actually produced some of his most important works during the last decade of his life, when he was completely deaf. Even without his hearing, Beethoven had a perfect creative ability.

Sergey Prokofiev

Sergey Sergeyevich Prokofiev is a prominent Russian composer and a personality of unique luck. A man of amazing skills who entered the St Petersburg Conservatory when he was only 13 years old; a man who left the revolution after the revolution but returned to the USSR with honor and without the stigma of a “patron”;  a man of firm aspirations, whose ideas weren’t ruined by his life’s hardships; an artist regarded as the “lone genius” of the 20th century whose amazing works delight audiences all over the world. His love for music stemmed from his mother being a good pianist, who often played Chopin and Beethoven. At the age of five, he composed his first work – a small “Indian Gallop” performance for piano. While still studying at the Conservatory, Prokofiev wrote his first piano concerto, which he performed triumphantly in the final exam. In total, he has composed five concertos for piano, two for violin and one for cello.

Aleksandr Scriabin

Aleksandr Nikolayevich Scriabin is the best known Russian composer and pianist for his symphonies and piano music, influenced by mysticism and philosophical ideas. Alexander Scriabin entered Russian music in the late 1890s. Scriabin’s novelty manifested itself both in melody, harmony, structure, orchestration and in the specific interpretation of the cycle and the originality of ideas, which were largely related to the romantic aesthetics and poetics of Russian symbolism. Despite the short creative path, the composer has created many works in the genres of symphony and piano music. He wrote 3 symphonies, “Poem of Ecstasy”, “Prometheus” poem for orchestra, Concert for piano and orchestra; 10 sonnets, poems, preludes, études, and other piano compositions. Scriabin’s work turned out to be consistent with the complex and turbulent era of the turn of the century and the beginning of the new century, the XX century. The fervent tension and tone, the titanic aspirations for freedom of the soul, the ideals of good and illumination, the general brotherhood of men permeate the art of this musician-philosopher, bringing him closer to the best representatives of Russian culture.