Pianist Robert Levin will discuss performing Mozart's piano concertos. We will hear Robert's thoughts on Mozart’s keyboard instruments and those of today, as well as look at the structural means Mozart employs to create a sense of narrative within each of the three movements of all of the concertos. Robert, as a celebrated improviser, is uniquely positioned to examine the ways in which Mozart as soloist introduced elements of spontaneity in his performances, including decoration of recurring themes, the improvisation of lead-ins and cadenzas, and continuo playing. Cadenzas will be looked at from a structural standpoint and from practical approaches to on-the-spot invention. Finally, is it necessary to adhere to Mozart’s conventions regarding keyboard range, style, and tonal considerations?
If there is time, Robert might improvise a fantasy based on themes submitted by seminar participants.
Get your themes ready!