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Program Notes: Jean Rondeau

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Johann Sebastian Bach Goldberg Variations  BWV 988 Bach’s Aria mit verschiedenen Veränderungen vors Clavicimbal mit 2 Manualen was published in 1741 as the final instalment of his Clavier-Übung series of keyboard works. This monumental exploration of the variation form ranks … Continue reading

Program Notes: Filippo Gorini

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Johann Sebastian Bach The Art of Fugue  BWV 1080 By the 1740s Bach had largely withdrawn from composing new church music for Leipzig’s Thomaskirche, devoting his creative energies instead to a series of large-scale projects that responded more directly to … Continue reading


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Fresh off the announcement of an exciting fall season, Vancouver Recital Society is delighted to announce our recruitment drive for new members to the Board of Directors. Are you passionate about classical music and looking for ways to give back … Continue reading

Program Notes: Golda Schultz

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Clara Schumann Liebst du um Schönheit | Warum willst du andre frage | Am Strande | Lorelei Clara Schumann (née Wieck) was a major figure in nineteenth-century music. As a child prodigy, she toured Europe with her father and teacher … Continue reading

Program Notes: Steven Osborne

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Franz Schubert Impromptu No. 1 in F minor  D. 935 The impromptu is just one of a number of small-scale instrumental genres arising in the early 19th century, known under the collective title of character pieces. Cultivated by composers in … Continue reading

Program Notes: Daniel Hsu

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Robert Schumann Kinderszenen  Op. 15 The character piece, a short work expressing a single mood or illustrating an idea suggested by its titling, was a typical product of the Romantic era, and Robert Schumann was a major contributor to the … Continue reading