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Feb. 26, 2004

Pianist McKamie Presents March 9 Recital At UI

Pianist David McKamie will play a free recital as a guest of the University of Iowa School of Music at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 9 in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building.

MaKamie, who is professor and coordinator of piano at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., will play four pieces, spanning the Baroque period to the 20th century:

-- French Suite No. 5 in G major by Johann Sebastian Bach.
-- Four Piano Pieces, p. 119, by Johannes Brahms;
-- Sonata in G minor, op. 7 no. 3, by Muzio Clementi; and
-- Sonata No. 7, op. 83, by Sergei Prokofiev.

McKamie made the following comments on his program: "The French Suite in G Major is one of my favorite Bach suites. It was a work played by my father, William McKamie, who was professor of piano at Baylor University, and is one that I grew up hearing at home.

"Its seven movements include the four standard dances of the Baroque suite -- allemande, courante, sarabande and gigue -- with three optional movements inserted between the sarabande and gigue. Each movement has the same structure, starting in G major and moving to E minor in the second half of the movement to provide a brief emotional contrast."

"Brahms' Four Piano Pieces, op. 119, were published in 1893 and are the last set of character pieces that he wrote. It consists of three intermezzos that grow progressively more animated, leading to the fourth piece, the Rhapsody in E-Flat Major. A striking feature about the Rhapsody is that it ends in E-flat minor, giving a certain sense of drama to the conclusion of the set.

"The Sonata in G minor shows the virtuosity with which Clementi impressed the European audiences in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. His piano sonatas helped to establish the form as distinct from the harpsichord sonatas. They were valued highly by Beethoven, whom Clementi met in 1807. In total, Clementi wrote more than 100 piano sonatas. This particular sonata -- one of my favorites -- features many sweeping scale passages and unexpected contrasts.

"Prokofiev's Seventh Sonata was composed between 1939 and 1942 and was awarded the Stalin Prize. It was premiered by the Russian virtuoso Sviatoslav Richter, who learned the work in four days. Sonatas 6 through 8 are known as the "War" Sonatas because they were written during the difficult years of the Second World War. The Seventh Sonata exhibits stylistic elements that Prokofiev deliberately strove to express: the classical; the search for innovation; the toccata; and the lyrical. The conclusion to the Seventh Sonata is one of the most spectacular in the literature."

McKamie has established a successful career as both a performing artist and a music educator. His concert appearances have taken him to leading cities in the United States and to Portugal. His awards include first prize in the Amarillo Symphony Competition, as well as honors in the Hemphill-Wells-Sorantin Award and the International Beethoven Sonata Competition. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Texas, Tennessee, Kansas and Missouri and is also in demand as a lecture-recitalist and adjudicator for piano events throughout the country.

His students have won first prizes in piano competitions in the Midwest. McKamie holds bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance from the University of North Texas, where he was a full scholarship student of artist-in-residence Stefan Bardas. He received a doctorate degree with highest honors from the University of Kansas, where he studied with Sequeira Costa and visiting artist Leon Fleisher.

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

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