1/24/2016

January 24, 3 pm

Concert-Lecture by Trevor Stephenson
1855 Bösendorfer Concert Grand Piano
Music of Chopin, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy & Schönberg
Sunday afternoon, January 24 at 3 pm

Over the past two years I have been rebuilding a magnificent 1855 Viennese
concert grand piano made by Bösendorfer. This is one of the last instruments
whose manufacture was overseen by the company’s founder, Ignaz Bösendorfer
(1796-1859), who established the firm in 1828. This piano has a classic
prell-mechanik Viennese action–which flicks the hammers toward the strings
(as opposed to the modern action which drives the hammers)–which gives the
tone great immediacy and presence. Though massive and heavily strung, with
tensions approaching those of the modern piano, this instrument has no metal
plate to alleviate the tension of the strings, but relies upon an ingenious
wooden frame design. The resonance of the sound is thus entirely carried by
the wood and the result is a finely-detailed and dark tone that I find
absolutely fascinating for the music of the composers we’ll hear on this
program–Chopin, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy & Schönberg. I’ll also talk
about the process of rebuilding this instrument: re-stringing it with
19th-c. replica wire (and including having iron-wound bass strings
manufactured), re-felting the hammers as well as re-capping them with
leather, replacing the hitch-pin rail in the bass, etc. The program
includes:
Beethoven, Sonata in C major, op. 53 “Waldstein”
Chopin, Nocturne in Db major, op. 27 no. 2
Brahms, Intermezzo in B minor, op. 119 no. 1; two Intermezzos op. 118
Debussy, selections from the Preludes, Book II
Schönberg, Six Little Piano Pieces, op. 19

If you would like to attend, please email as soon as possible; reservations
are required — trevor@trevorstephenson.com
Seating is limited to 45 people. Admission is $40 per person. Refreshments
will be served.
January 24, 2016, Sunday, 3pm
House Concert at the home of Rose and Trevor Stephenson
5729 Forsythia Place, Madison WI 53705
Trevor Stephenson, house concert (Madison, WI)
Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Schoenberg performed on a restored 1855 Boesendorfer Concert Grand Piano
Information at http://www.trevorstephenson.com