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Patrick Galvin & Jungeun Kim in concert

Date & Time: Sat. March 25, 7:30 pm
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students
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Program

Beethoven Violin Sonata No.5 in F Major (Spring Sonata)

  1. Allegro
  2. Adagio molto espressivo
  3. Scherzo: Allegro molto
  4. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo

The Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Opus 24, is a violin sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven. It is often known as the “Spring Sonata” (Frühlingssonate), and was published in 1801. Its dedicatee was Count Moritz von Fries, a patron to whom Beethoven also dedicated two other works of the same year-the C major string quintet and the fourth violin sonata-as well as his later seventh symphony.

The work is in four movements. The Scherzo and its trio are particularly brief. The entire sonata takes approximately 22 minutes to perform. The name “Spring Sonata” was given to it after Beethoven’s death.  The Allegro movement is featured in the stage show Fame.

Debussy Violin Sonata in G minor, L.140

  1. Allegro vivo
  2. Intermède: Fantasque et léger
  3. Finale: Très anim

The Violin Sonata in G minor, L 140, for violin and piano was composed by Claude Debussy in 1917. It was the composer’s last major composition and the third work in what had originally been conceived as a cycle of six sonatas for various instruments (the first two being the cello sonata, L 135, and the sonata for flute, viola and harp, L 137). The work is notable for its brevity; a typical performance lasts about 13 minutes. The premiere took place on 5 May 1917, the violin part played by Gaston Poulet, with Debussy himself at the piano. It was his last public performance.

César Franck Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano

  1. Allegretto ben moderato
  2. Allegro
  3. Ben moderato: Recitativo-Fantasia
  4. Allegretto poco mosso

The work is cyclic in nature, all the movements sharing common thematic threads. Themes from one movement reappear in subsequent movements, but usually transformed. Franck had adapted this technique from Franz Liszt-his friend, and Cosima von Bülow’s father. Vincent d’Indy described the Sonata as “the first and purest model of the cyclical use of themes in sonata form”, and referred to it as “this true musical monument”. The movements alternate between slow and fast.

  1. Allegretto ben moderato, 9/8
    This gentle and sweetly reflective rocking theme, introduced by the violin after a short introduction by the piano, is the thematic core of the entire work. Franck originally intended it as a slow movement, but Ysaÿe preferred a slightly quicker tempo, and convinced Franck to mark it Allegretto.
  2. Allegro
    This turbulent movement is sometimes considered the real opening movement, with the Allegretto ben moderato serving as a long introduction.
  3. Ben moderato: Recitativo-Fantasia
    This is improvisatory in nature, and free in both structure and expression.
  4. Allegretto poco mosso
    The main melody is heard in canonic imitation between the instruments, and recurs in a rondo-like manner to a triumphant and soaring conclusion. James Harding described the movement as “a magnificent example of canonic writing, simple, majestic and irresistible in its ample, beautifully wrought proportions”.

Notes courtesy of Wikipedia.

About the artists

Patrick Galvin is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music prior to which he spent 2 years as a studying violin with Barbara Gorzynska in Vienna , Austria.

He made his solo debut at age 11 with the Oakland East Bay Symphony playing the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1. He was winner of the East Bay Young Artist Competition in 2000, the Yehudi Menuhin/Helen Dowling award in 2002 and the Kensington Young Artist Competition in 2003. In April 2004 he was the soloist with the Kensington Symphony playing the Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No 5. He has also performed at the Junior Bach Festival. In 2013 and 2015, Patrick competed in the Johannes Brahms International Competition in Pörtschach, Austria.

When he is not performing, Patrick teaches violin at a private school and out of his home in San Francisco. He also writes reviews for the online journal The San Francisco Classical Voice. In 2014, Patrick was selected to be a fellow in the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism. During his time at the University of San Francisco, he was selected to be a Davies Scholar. He is also a member of the folk band Hoxton Mob which performs regularly throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Recently, he has begun scoring radio stories for live performance.

 

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Born in Changwon, Korea, Jungeun Kim studied at the Busan High School of Arts and Konkuk University under Hyeyoung Moon, Jaemi Kim, and Jihyun Lee. She made her debut with the Changwon Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003.

Ms. Kim participated in master classes with Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff from the University of Cincinnati, Edward Auer from Indiana University, Lei Weng from the University of Northern Colorado, and Jonghwa Park from Seoul National University. She received first prize in the Eumaksekye Piano Competition and the Gyeongnam Education Music Competition, second prize in the Ceramic Palace Hall Concours and the Music Education News Concours, and third prize in the Beethoven Concours. She also performed with the Konkuk Symphony Orchestra and accompanied the choir at Konkuk University. Also, she participated in the 2015 Distinguished Performers Debut Concert sponsored by The Music Journal. She also attended the Eumyeon Summer Music Festival. She is currently pursuing her M.M. at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Yoshikazu Nagai. She also accompanies pre-college students and the choir at the music school.

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