Senior Distinction Concert 2021

This video will premiere on Friday, April 23 at 7:30 pm EDT.

Join Duke Music as we bring you a virtual concert featuring our three seniors graduating with Distinction in Music Performance. View the program online (includes bios of the seniors and descriptions of their distinction projects).

We begin with Annalise Bracher, violinist, performing Mvt. 1 of Debussy’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Minor with pianist Debosir Ghosh; Mvt. 2 of Ravel’s Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano with pianist Andrew Nguyen; and the final movement of Franck’s Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano with pianist Blake Ray.

Our second senior graduating with distinction, pianist Alina Xiao, will then perform “Bluedream” by Duke graduate composer Brittany J. Green and three works by Rachmaninov: two Étude-Tableaus from Op. 39 and the Prelude Op. 32 No. 10 in B minor.

Charlie Todd, violinist, our third senior graduating with distinction, will finish the program with a Scottish Fiddling medley; a selection from Haydn’s “Scottish Songs” with soprano Julia Leeman, cellist Holly Kim, and pianist Bryan Tong; a selection from Beethoven’s “25 Scottish Songs” Op. 108 with soprano Sophia Leeman, Holly Kim, and Bryan Tong; Mvt. 2 of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, Op. 56 “Scottish” with Kim and Tong; and the final movement of Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy” Op. 46 with pianist Blake Ray.

Music of Nature and Nation: Jennifer Curtis, violin and Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano

This video premiered on Friday, April 9 at 7:30 pm EDT.

Ieva Jokubaviciute and Jennifer Curtis perform music by George Enescu (1881-1955) and Jean Sibelius (1865-1957).

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Sonata No. 3 in A Minor “dans le caractère populaire roumain” for violin and piano, Op. 25, is a chamber-music composition written in 1926 by George Enescu. It is dedicated to Franz Kneisel.

Five Esquisses (Five Sketches), Op. 114 was written in 1929 by Jean Sibelius.

Portfolio Project: The Ciompi Quartet commissions Duke Graduate Composers 2020

This video premiered on April 2, 2021 at 7:30 pm EDT.

Last summer, the Ciompi Quartet commissioned four graduate students in Duke Music’s Composition program to create new, short pieces conceived to be rehearsed and performed remotely as a response to the Covid pandemic. This video premiere features the Ciompi Quartet’s performance of:

James Budinich: Rotation Study
Ryan Harrison: Disconnected
James Chu: Mk
Maximiliano Amici: Mirage

Read more about the project, the composers and their pieces, and view scores

Duke Chorale Spring Concert

This video premiered on Friday, March 26 at 7:30 pm EDT.

View the program, with texts and translations.

The Duke Chorale, directed by Rodney Wynkoop, presents its annual Spring concert virtually this year. Recorded in Baldwin Auditorium adhering to all distancing and safety protocols, the Duke Chorale brings you a diverse selection from Renaissance pieces to contemporary works, including American folk songs and spirituals.

Composition/Counterpoint Undergraduate Virtual Showcase

This video premiered on Friday, March 19 at 7:30 pm local time.

Students in Professor Anthony Kelley’s Music 465S (Counterpoint) and Music 281T & 381T (Composition) classes present their final semester projects.

Student contrapuntists performing their own works
Jerry Liu, Roy Xiong, Vincentius Martin, and Nathaniel Maxwell

Student composers works
“Solo for Bb Tenor Saxophone” by Ben Rubin, performed by Caleb Woo
“Through the Forest” by Bryn Lawson
“One Line Comp” by Alex Kintzer
“Telu Sora Nusantara” by Vincentius Martin, performed by Priscilla La (flute) and Vincentius Martin (guitar)

March Student Showcase

This video premiered on Friday, March 12 at 7:30 pm EST.

View the online program with additional information about the performers.

The first half of the video features recordings made last month in Baldwin Auditorium by two current Duke piano students. Andre Hall performs three bagatelles by Duke faculty composer Anthony Kelley, Beethoven, and Tcherepnin, and Bryan Tong performs three excerpts from Brahms’ Op. 118 (Intermezzo in C, Intermezzo in A, Ballade in G Minor).

The second half of the program takes us back to Spring 2016 and a live recording made in Baldwin Auditorium. Senior Jenny Li was the winner of the 2015-16 Duke Symphony Orchestra’s concerto competition, and she performed the first movement of Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77 with the Duke Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Harry Davidson on April 13, 2016. Whether you were in Baldwin on that evening or seeing this performance for the first time, please join us as we relive that moment in Duke Music’s history, looking forward to the time when we can again welcome you back to live events in our venues.

Musique française

This video premiered on Friday, March 5 at 7:30 pm EST.

Featuring the Ciompi Quartet, Gabriel Richard, Randall Love, and Kivie Cahn-Lipman.

Félicien David’s Trio in E-flat Major for piano, violin, and cello performed by Richard, Love, and Cahn-Lipman; and movements from string quartets by d’Indy, Debussy, and Saint-Saëns performed by the Ciompi Quartet.

View the online program for information about the artists.

Program:

Vincent d’Indy: String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 35 (1890)
III. Assez modéré et dans le sentiment d’un chant populaire – Assez vite

Félicien David: Trio in E-flat Major for piano, violin, and cello (1857)
I. Allegro moderato
II. Molto adagio
III. Finale: Allegretto

Claude Debussy: String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10 (1892)
III. Andantino, doucement expressif

Camille Saint-Saëns: String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 153 (1918)
III. Interlude et Final: Andantino-Allegretto con moto

Beethoven in Context: Cello Sonata Op. 5, No. 2

This video premiered on Friday, February 26 at 7:30 pm EST.


R. Larry Todd, piano and Nancy Green, cello

This Friday’s “Best of Biddle” video premiere features Professor R. Larry Todd’s recording of Beethoven’s Cello Sonata Op. 5, No. 2. The video is divided between Professor Todd’s introduction, which places the work in its historical and musical context, and his recording of the sonata with cellist Nancy Green.

R. Larry Todd is Arts & Sciences Professor of Music, and co-author, with Marc Moskovitz, of Beethoven’s Cello: Five Sonatas and Their World (Boydell & Brewer, 2017), 2018 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award.

Hailed by Fanfare Magazine as “one of the great cellists of our time” and “in the elite of today’s concert cellists,” Nancy Green is an internationally recognized recording artist, known for her highly acclaimed CDs of previously unrecorded works as well as staples of the cello repertoire. She has appeared as soloist in venues such as Boston’s Symphony Hall, New York’s Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Windsor Castle, and London’s Wigmore Hall as well as major concert halls in Shanghai, Taipei and Seoul.

Music for Two

This video premiered on Friday, February 19 at 7:30 pm EST.

View the program online.

This week’s Best of Biddle video features duets by Duke Music students and faculty. The video begins with “Tema (Andante) con variazioni” from Mozart’s Sonata for Piano and Violin in F Major, K.377 performed by students Brian Chan, violin and Rui Xi, piano. It is followed by two piano duets featuring Ieva Jokubavicuite and her students: the “Allegro con spirito” from Mozart’s Sonata in D Major, K.448 (with Kevin Xu) and Debussy’s Lindaraja (with Catherine McMillan). The Scherzo from Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 16 follows, featuring pianists Andy Zhang and Claire Li. The video then features two excerpts by Ciompi Quartet violist Jonathan Bagg and pianist Emely Phelps: a movement each from Elizabeth Maconchy’s 1937 Sonata for Viola and Piano and from Marion Bauer’s Sonata for Viola and Piano, composed in 1932. The video ends with Lutoslawski’s Variations on a Theme by Paganini for 2 pianos, performed by David Heid and Daniel Seyfried (pictured above).