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Release: April 12, 2002
Violinist Vogel will play Schubert, Debussy and Prokofiev April 22
Annette-Barbara Vogel will continue her exploration of music that is off the
beaten path, playing two violin sonatas from the 20th century and a piece
that Schubert wrote for an obsolete instrument, when she performs a recital
with pianist James Giles at 8 p.m. Monday, April 22 in Clapp Recital Hall
on the University of Iowa campus.
Their performance will be free and open to the public.
The Schubert work is the Sonata A minor, D 821, known as the "Arpeggione"
Sonata for the nearly forgotten cello-like stringed instrument for which Schubert
originally wrote it. Other works on the program will be Debussy's Sonata in
G minor for violin and piano and Prokofiev's Sonata No. 1 in F minor, op.
80, for violin and piano.
An almost forgotten instrument, the arpeggione enjoyed a brief life in the
early 19th century. Invented in Vienna in 1824, it was a hybrid string instrument,
a bass viol with guitar-like metal frets embedded in the arched fingerboard
and with six strings tuned like a guitar. It had a guitar-shaped body but
was played like the cello.
Schubert wrote his sonata for the arpeggione in November of 1824 for Vincenz
Schuster, who was probably the only professional arpeggione player ever. Today
the arpeggione can only be found in museum displays, This has not stopped
contemporary string players, who don't want to loose Schubert's music: The
sonata has been adapted for just about all the modern stringed instruments
-- the cello, which is the closest match to the original, as well as the string
bass, the viola and the violin. Cello and viola play the sonata essentially
as written, and the violin arrangement that Vogel will play was made by the
In addition to his well known orchestral and piano pieces, Debussy wrote
several pieces of chamber music. Most are unique works in the composer's output,
representing his only major works in their individual genres. The String Quartet
of 1893 is among those works, along with three works -- part of a projected
set of six that was not completed -- composed in the last years of Debussy's
life: the Sonata for cello and piano of 1915, the Sonata for flute, viola
and harp completed the same year, and the Sonata for violin and piano of 1916-17,
completed only a year before the composer's death in 1918. Debussy's premiere
performance of the Sonata with violinist Gaston Poulet, given in September
1917, was his last public appearance.
Prokofiev completed his Sonata in F minor for violin and piano in 1946, although
some of its material dates from as much as eight year earlier. This accounts
for the fact that Prokofiev titled it his first violin sonata, even though
it was finished after his Second Sonata, op. 94bis, of 1943.
The sonata is dedicated to the great Russian violinist David Oistrakh, who
also gave its first performance in Moscow Oct. 23, 1946, with pianist Lev
Oborin. Prokofiev worked closely with Oistrakh while composing the sonata.
As a result, the solo writing is truly violinistic -- virtuosic and perfectly
suited to the instrument. The piano part is also demanding in its virtuosity,
since Prokofiev was himself a virtuoso concert pianist.
Vogel joined the UI faculty in January 1999. She has performed extensively
in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, playing as a soloist with orchestra,
a solo recitalist and chamber musician. She has appeared at the Aspen, Ravinia,
Chautauqua, Menuhin and Schleswig-Holstein festivals, among others.
During the 1999-2000 season she presented the complete cycle of Beethoven
sonatas for violin and piano in Germany and the United States with pianist
Ulrich Hofmann, including performances at the UI, and she toured Romania and
Germany with critically acclaimed performances of the Brahms violin concerto.
Prior to her appointment at the UI, Vogel taught at the Folkwang-Hochschule
in Essen. She has taught master classes in Europe, the United States and Asia.
At the recommendation of the Tokyo String Quartet she was appointed artist
in residence at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she taught
on the faculty and was a member of the Monticello Trio. She has won numerous
performance competitions, and has been serving on the jury of the "Jugend
musiziert" (Young performers) competition in Germany since 1998.
Vogel has recorded on the Harmonia Mundi, Cybele and Highland labels, including
music by Beethoven, Khachaturian, Smetana, Ravel, Richard Strauss and Alfred
Schnittke. Future recording projects include a violin-cello duo CD and a violin-piano
CD with Sonatas and pieces by Brahms, Enesco, Lutoslawksi and Reger.
Currently on the faculty of the University of North Texas, Giles has appeared
internationally as a recitalist, orchestral soloist and chamber musician.
He presented his New York recital debut at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall
in 1998. He is known for imaginative programming and eclectic repertoire,
including standard masterworks, new music, virtuoso transcriptions and the
music of neglected composers of the past. His CD recording of solo works by
Schumann and Prokofiev is available on England's Master Musicians label.
Giles has been a medallist in several international competitions and the
Music Teachers National Association Competition. He was awarded the William
Petscheck Scholarship at the Juilliard School and both the Rudolf Serkin Award
and the Faustina Hurlbutt Award for outstanding graduate at the Oberlin College
Conservatory. He serves on the American Pianists Association National Advisory
Board and is on the roster of the Clarisse B. Kampel Foundation. Giles is
a former Artist in Residence at SUNY Binghamton and has also taught at the
Interlochen Arts Academy and the Manhattan School of Music.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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