The Graduate Center, CUNY Presents Music from Copland House - Fall 2020

OCT 13, 2020 | 1:00 PM TO 2:00 PM

The Graduate Center, CUNY Presents Music from Copland House - Fall 2020 - Duet



October 13, 2020: 1:00 PM-2:00 PM





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“Illuminating essential truths about the music.” The New York Times

Aaron Copland wrote the homespun Sonata for Violin and Piano during his downtime on the backlot of Hollywood’s Samuel Goldwyn Studios, where the composer was working in 1943 on a feature film, The North Star. Despite not wanting to write an overtly virtuosic or folk-influenced composition, Copland managed to include elements of both in a gracious, lyrical piece that dazzled with a homespun, vernacular approachability. Legendary critic Virgil Thomson called the Violin Sonata one of Copland’s “most satisfying pieces [with] a quality of calm elevation and of buoyancy that is ... irresistibly touching." 

Pianist and Copland House Artistic & Executive Director Michael Boriskin joins violinist and Graduate Center Doctoral candidate Magdalena Filipczak for an in-depth discussion of the piece, followed by a complete performance, and then a live Q&A with viewers.

Music from Copland House Artists: Michael Boriskin, pianist.

Graduate Center Artists: Magdalena Filipczak, violinist

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