Sunwook Kim will play all-German repertoire in his upcoming performances JAN 13 & 14. Here are some fun facts about each of the works that you probably didn't know!
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564
In 1900, Ferruccio Busoni published this Bach transcription originally written for the organ. It also influenced his own Toccata for Piano written two decades later (1920).
Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 13, No. 8 "Pathetique"
Some musicologists debate if this famous Beethoven piano sonata may or may not have been inspired by Mozart’s Piano Sonata K. 457.
4 Nachtstücke, Op. 23
These four character pieces were written upon receiving news that Schumann’s brother was about to pass away. Distressed, he originally was going to call these pieces Corpse Fantasia, but his wife Clara pushed for the current title - Nachstücke (“night pieces”).
Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13
Schumann based most of these pieces on a theme written by amateur musician Baron von Fricken who was the guardian of Ernestine von Fricken. Ernestine had been previously engaged to Schumann.
4 Impromptus, D. 935
“Impromptu” was a popular 19th century musical form. While this set of Schubert impromptus was published after his death, the publisher added a dedication to Franz Liszt.
Diabelli Variations, Op. 120
Beethoven based this work on a waltz written by Anton Diabelli. It’s now considered one of the best keyboard variations along with Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
Remember to grab tickets to Sunwook Kim's performances JAN 13 & 14.