9/23 Musicale Narrative written by Kimber

Eighteen members of GMG, some from as far away as Oregon and Texas, gathered today for a most informative and enjoyable musicale. Judy Manganiello treated everyone to the hauntingly beautiful Theme from Schindler’s List by John Williams. Pam Martin then gave a special presentation on her personal journey with Chopin’s Ballade No. 4. She discussed her research of the piece, including a book, score, and recording, the specifics of which she posted on the blog. She also graciously agreed to post her roadmap, a detailed musical analysis which is invaluable in learning the piece. Her performance of the Ballade was beautiful, even though she prefaced it by saying that it is a work in progress.

Utako Tanigawa skillfully played Schubert’s Impromptu Op. 90 No. 3 and discussed some of the challenges of the piece including dynamics and difficult reaches due to hand size. She ended the musicale by reminding everyone of the Scarlatti celebration on October 30 in which everyone is encouraged to play one or two Scarlatti sonatas.

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