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Oct. 31, 2003

Love Will Play Bach, Mozart, Haydn On Early Fortepiano Nov. 16

Randall Love, a performer on the fortepiano and a member of the Duke University music faculty, will play a program of music by J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart and Joseph Haydn at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16 in Harper Hall of the University of Iowa Voxman Music Building.

His performance, as a guest of the UI School of Music and the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society, will be free and open to the public.

As the word is used today, "fortepiano" refers to an early form of the piano, extending from the time of its first development in Italy around 1700 into the early 1800s. Although there were numerous different styles of early piano, they all differed from the modern grand piano in having a lighter and brighter sound, and shorter duration of sound. Consequently the fortepiano has less power but greater clarity than the more familiar modern instrument. In music of the 18th and early 19th century, this is much closer to what the composer would have heard.

For the Nov. 16 recital, Love will perform on a five-octave fortepiano by the American builder Philip Belt that was modeled on instruments by Johann Andreas Stein, a prominent keyboard instrument maker who was active in Augsburg, Germany, in the late 18th century.

By Bach, Love will play the prelude-and-fugue pairs in G major and G-sharp minor from the "Well-Tempered Clavier" and the Three-part Ricercare from the "Musical Offering". The Mozart segment of the program will feature the Fantasy in C minor, KV 394; the Prelude and Fugue in A major, KV 394; the rarely performed, tongue-in-cheek "Marche funebre del Signor Maestro Contrapunto" (Funeral march of Master Counterpoint); and the Sonata in A major, KV 310. Love will close the program with Haydn's Sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVI/52.

Love teaches piano and fortepiano at Duke University. He has been heard in this country as a soloist and chamber player in events ranging from performances on period instrument to contemporary concerts featuring North Carolina composers. He has performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C., the Boston Early Music Festival, and the Schubert Club in St. Paul, Minn. He has collaborated with "Ensemble Courant" at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in numerous programs featuring romantic music on original instruments.

Love has recorded solo works of Jan Vaclav Vorisek for the Titanic label. Most recently he collaborated with Capitol Chamber Artists of Albany, N.Y., in concerts and a recording of Haydn's "London" symphonies in a chamber version by Johann Salomon.

A native of Colorado, Love studied at the Oberlin Conservatory and the New England Conservatory, where he received a master's degree with honors. While living the Boston area he performed extensively on the fortepiano. A two-year period of study in Amsterdam led to a soloist diploma with honors from the Sweelinck Conservatory. His performances in Holland included two recordings made for Dutch radio.

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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