Für Alina: Arvo Pärt

Dr. Tobin first encountered this Estonian composer while on tour in Europe. Known for his vocal works, Pärt has also written the beautiful Fratres for violin and piano and a set of piano pieces, including Für Alina.

Dr. Tobin discusses how to approach this work of tone painting and concludes with a performance at Kulturplatz, Wetzikon, Switzerland.

Mozart Twinkle Variations

This episode of the Monday Pedagogy series features a look at how to approach variations. Dr. Tobin discusses how Mozart used texture to spin a rather magical set of pieces!

To hear a full performance of these variations, performed in concert by Dr. Tobin on a Walter Fortepiano Replica, listen to this:

Pagodes and La Mer

This week Dr. Tobin discusses one of his favorite pieces, Pagodes from Estampes. The role that the Javanese Gamelan, the 1889 Paris Exposition, Japanese art, the Symphonic Poem “La Mer”, and Debussy’s love of the sea are all discussed. The presentation ends with a performance of Pagodes on Debussy’s special 1904 Bluethner Piano, played in Brive la-Gaillarde France and set to imager from Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Kamakura.