University of Iowa News Release
Aug. 18, 2006
Wolfe and Kim Will Play Violin Sonatas Of Neils Gade On Aug. 29 UI Recital
Violinist Katie Wolfe from the University of Iowa School of Music and guest pianist Adrienne Kim from Syracuse University will perform violin sonatas by the 19th-century Danish composer Niels Gade during a free recital at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
Gade was admired by his Romantic contemporaries Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann for his beautiful and engaging music, and had it not been for political circumstances, he might well have earned a place as one of the best known composers of his generation.
Gade was appointed director of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig -- then as now one of the most important musical positions in Europe -- following Mendelssohn's death in 1847. However, the outbreak of war in 1848, which saw Denmark aligned against Prussia, forced him to return to Copenhagen. As co-founder of the Copenhagen Conservatory he was influential in Danish musical history, but in a provincial capital he missed the opportunity to achieve greater recognition, as he might have done in Leipzig.
Wolfe and Kim will play all three of Gade's violin sonatas: Sonata No. 1 in A major, op. 6, composed in 1842; Sonata No. 2 in D minor, op. 21, composed in 1849; and Sonata No. 3 in B-flat major, op. 59, composed in 1885.
"These three violin sonatas owe much to Mendelssohn and Schumann, but speak with a clear voice all Gade's own," Wolfe said. "Their sweetly poetic and lyrical qualities are never broken, even during the more disruptive stormy moments in his developments. Gade was praised for representing a Nordic quality, while using Germanic harmonies and forms.
"Adrienne and I are preparing for a CD we will be making of these works, and although three works by one composer might be repetitive or heavy, these three works make a delightful combination and will expose our audience to a neglected and wonderful composer."
Originally from Minnesota, Wolfe joined the string faculty of the UI School of Music in August 2004. She has had a diverse career as a soloist, teacher, chamber and orchestral musician on the national and international stage. For more information, see www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/STRGwolfe.htm.
Adrienne Kim is on the faculty of Syracuse University, Queen College and the Kinnhaven Music School in Vermont, and teaches privately in New York City. She performs extensively as both soloist and chamber musician. For more information, see http://vpa.syr.edu/keyboard/bio_kim.php.
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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