Soo Yoen Kim, Piano – Doctoral Lecture Recital
Wednesday, January 25, 2023, Room 146, 7:00 p.m.
Richard Strauss’s Early Piano music, 1882
Lecture Recital in Two parts
Part 2: Sonata for Piano in B Minor, Op. 5 by Richard Strauss (1864–1949)
Richard Strauss’s 5 Klavierstücke, Op. 3, and Sonata in B Minor, Op. 5, are important early experiments in Strauss’s emergent compositional style, clearly borrowing from the writing of Beethoven, Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Brahms.
This lecture recital demonstrates the musical and historical influences evident in his Piano Sonata Op. 5. I will show how Strauss influenced other composers, especially Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn, Edvard Grieg, and Johannes Brahms. The list of influences suggests that Strauss borrowed extensively from both Classical and Romantic traditions. Strauss’s early attempts at composition reflect his profound understanding of the Classical style—especially Beethoven—combined with the influence of earlier Romantic composers such as Mendelssohn, Grieg, and Brahms; overall, these attempts are important experiments in the development of Strauss’s compositional language, though Strauss did not find his mature style in this early period. The lecture will include a brief discussion of the recording history of these two works.