Aaron Andrew Hunt (b. 1973)

Preludes and Fugues in E Major and E Minor, WTC III (2013)

In 2013-2014, Aaron Andrew Hunt wrote 24 Preludes and Fugues Book 1 (WTC III), in all Major and Minor keys, using asymmetrical meters such as 5/8, 7/8, 11/16, 13/8, 17/16, 23/16, etc. for modern piano. This project was conceived as a continuation of the Well Tempered Clavier, Books 1 and 2, by J.S. Bach; hence, the provocative subtitle “WTC III”. This was a world premiere.

George Antheil (1900-1959)

Second Sonata for Violin, Piano, and Drums (1923)

An eclectic composer and inventor, George Antheil was perhaps most famous for his co-invention of radio frequency hopping with actress and scientist Hedy Lamarr. This piece evinces influences from ragtime a la Stravinsky, Debussy’s Reverie and Harvest Moon. The coda, an snake-charmer’s incantation from afar, features Monica’s debut on drums. She couldn’t have been more excited.

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

Suite Italienne (1933)

Gavotte con due Variazioni
Minuetto e Finale

This setting for violin and piano is Stravinsky’s second arrangement of this music, derived from his ballet Pulcinella. In it, young lovers flirt and dance, to Pulcinella’s eventual dismay. He must win over his girlfriend, who saw him kissing another woman, by staging his own death and resurrection, which culminates in a double wedding.

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)

Sonata for solo violin, op. 115 (1947)

Andante dolce. Tema con variazioni
Con brio. Allegro precipitato

This difficult work was commissioned to be played in unison by violin students.

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)

Second Sonata for Violin and Piano, op. 13 (1867)

Lento doloroso – Allegro vivace
Allegretto tranquillo
Allegro animato

A young Grieg penned this sonata on his honeymoon. Criticized for being “too Norwegian” when presented to his teacher, Grieg declared that his next violin sonata would be even more Norwegian.