In this second video of our series, Dr. Tobin discusses the first Prelude from Book I. Planed chords, blocked tonal harmonies, and layers create a distinctive language. Debussy made many references to the art and culture of antiquity and ancient Greece, this Prelude is an interesting beginning to the set.
Everyone at Adam’s Music House is alive and healthy and moving forward with our outreach! We will have an announcement about our latest fellowship recipient soon but in the meantime….
We started a weekly, online concert series Wednesday’s at 6PM. Musicians and singers can perform from anywhere and people can listen from their homes or other safe location! We will post the Zoom address every week, we have had 3 concerts so far and will have a cellist next week, details TBA.
Adam’s Music House was very happy to host this even for the third time. Sara is charming, the families lovely, and the children all played very well. It was great that Sara played a Schubert Impromptu to end the recital, it is so important for teachers to serve as a performing model for their students.
We were very pleased to have Dr. Brian Marks, Chair of the Piano Department at Baylor University, for a master class at Adam’s November 16th
Those in attendance heard very good playing and a nice variety of pieces. Seascape by William Gillock, the Bach Invention in F Major, the Rachmaninoff g# minor Prelude, the Opus 72#1 Chopin Nocturne, the Birds by Rameau, and the 1st Movement of the Chopin 2nd Sonata were all played very well!
Join us in the spring, we will have many more performances and master classes including Sophia Gilmson of UT Austin, Kiyoshi Tamagawa of Southewestern University in Georgetown, Fritz Gechter of TAMIU in Laredo, Stephen Burnaman of Huston Tillotson, and more!
Shearon Horton was very generous and gave a wonderful master class November 2nd at Adam’s. We really appreciated her detailed approach to music and technique, she really tailored her comments to the needs and abilities of the students in a special way.
Repertoire included The Great White Sharp by Jennifer Linn, Chopin Mazurka Opus 7#2, Bach Invention in Eb Major BMV 773, Beethoven Sonata Opus 2#1 first movement, and the first movement of the Mozart Piano Concerto K.488 in A Major.
Our next master class is November 16th from 2-5 with Brian Marks, Chair of the Piano Department at Baylor University!
UT Professor Patti Wolf gave a very interesting class Saturday October 25th. Students performed music of Scarlatti, Mozart, and Bach and Professor Wolf had the students try both of the Bosendorfer Pianos at Adam’s. It was interesting to see the comparison and the students learned and enjoyed themselves!
Our next master class is with Shearon Horton, November 2nd at 2PM.
It was wonderful to have Fritz Gechter return with students from TAMIU in Laredo for the third time for a master class with Dr. Tobin. Tatiana Gorbunova also came and brought students and we all had a great time, starting with lunch at Cenote.
Joe Bratcher, founder of Adam’s, stopped by for the first half of the class which included a Schubert Impromptu, the Scriabin 5th Sonata, a piece by Janacek, Rondo Capriccio of Mendelssohn, the first Debussy Prelude, and other works.
After the class Dr. Tobin joined everyone for dinner at Hanks Road House and a very nice concert given by the Austin Symphony in the Long Center. Symphony Fantastique was played with gusto and the soloist in the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto was very sensitive.