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Release: April 12, 2002

Violinist Vogel will play Schubert, Debussy and Prokofiev April 22

Violinist 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 composer.

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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