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Sounds & Stories: Rita Dove

Part of: Sounds & Stories

 Wednesday, May 5, 2021  6:30pm  Live Stream - OSLmusic.org

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Known for her work’s lyricism and beauty as well as its sense of historical and political awareness, poet Rita Dove frequently explores art forms outside her own through her writing. Our final concert of the Sounds & Stories series pays homage to the late George Bridgetower through poetry by Rita Dove as she joins OSL to read selections from her Sonata Mulattica. Her work explores the fictional life of Bridgetower, the legendary violinist and original dedicatee of Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata, which will be featured on this concert, along with music by Haydn and Giornovichi.

A quote from the preface of Sonata Mulattica:

“Two centuries ago the violinist George Augustus Polgreen Bridgetower, son of a white mother and a self-styled “African prince,” rose to his fifteen minutes of fame. He might have become one of the most revered musical virtuosos of all time…had he not crossed swords with his mercurial mento, Ludwig van Beethoven. What’s known today as the Kreutzer Sonata was originally dedicated to Beethoven’s new “mulatto” friend, who premiered it in Vienna to wide acclaim, the ink barely dry on the composer’s pages. So far, go good; but oh, if only George – all but twenty-three years of age – had shown better judgment and not blatantly ogled the object of Ludwig’s affections!”

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Giovanni Mane Giornovichi

Selection from Duo

Joseph Haydn

Selection from Sonata No. 60, Hob. XVI/50

Ludwig van Beethoven, arr. Anonymous

Sonata No. 9 for Piano and Violin, Op. 47

George Bridgetower


Ludwig van Beethoven

Selection from Sonata No. 10 for Piano and Violin, Op. 96


Rita Dove

Laquita Mitchell

Krista Bennion Feeney

Jesse Mills

Keats Dieffenbach

David Cerutti

Daire FitzGerald

Sterling Elliott

Margaret Kampmeier

Rieko Aizawa

David Hyde Pierce