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Release: Feb. 14, 2003

Richard Fuller Will Play 18th-Century Fortepiano Music March 2

Richard Fuller will present a free recital of music for the fortepiano -- an early predecessor of the modern piano -- at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2 in the Lasansky Room of the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

The performance, sponsored by the museum and the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society, will be free and open to the public.

By the 18th century, there was a long history of keyboard instruments in Europe, including the organ and the harpsichord. With the development of the pianoforte around 1713, the plucked strings of the harpsichord were replaced with small hammers that could strike the strings with varying degrees of intensity. Thus, the instrument was capable of playing both loud and soft -- "forte e piano" in Italian -- the quality that gave the new instruments their name.

Using a modern reproduction of the early fortepiano, Fuller will play five works from the late 18th century, a time when composers were seriously exploring the expressive potential of the new instruments. The program will comprise the Fantasy in C major, Wq 59, by Carl Philip Emanuel Bach; the Sonata in D major, Hob. XVI/24, by Joseph Haydn; the Sonata in C minor by Hyacinth Jadin; and two works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the Fantasy in C minor, K 475 and the Sonata in C minor, K 457m.

A native of Washington state, Fuller studied piano and musicology at Central Washington University and the University of Oregon. He studied harpsichord and fortepiano in San Francisco and Vienna. The emphasis of his artistic work lies in the interpretation of the piano, chamber music and the song repertoire of the Viennese Classical and early Romantic periods, performed on the fortepiano. Fuller has sought to address himself exclusively to the interpretive potential of the fortepiano, and the sensitivity and delicacy of an earlier keyboard culture.

Since 1982 he has performed in the musical centers of North America and Europe, as soloist and accompanist and as a member of chamber music ensembles devoted to the performance of 18th-century music on authentic instruments. He performs regularly as a member of the Vienna Fortepiano Trio and has collaborated with James Levine and the Vienna Philharmonic, Emma Kirkby, Andrew Manze, the Festetics String Quartet of Budapest, the Vienna Academy Orchestra and Musica Aeterna of Bratislava. He has participated in broadcast productions for German Radio in Cologne, North German Radio in Hamburg, Austrian National Radio, the BBC and Hungarian National Radio. He has made numerous CD recordings in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Slovakia.

In 2002 Fuller received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Oregon.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/. The Iowa City Early Keyboard Society web page is at http://www.jccn.iowa-city.ia.us/~iceks1/.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, peter-alexander@uiowa.edu.