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May 15, 2018
A unique concert exploring the inner workings of the music of J.S. Bach through Philip Lasser's
Sonapartita for Solo Violin
A unique new work blending together Bach's
Sonata in G minor and
the celebrated Partita in D minor
into a spiritual new work
for Solo Violin
With a rare performance/discussion by Philip Lasser and violinist Mélanie Clapiès
on the exquisite writings of Bach for solo Violin.
This concert is generously sponsored and hosted by Ann Harrison and Vicente Madrigal
Doors Open at 7pm
The concert will begin promptly at 7:30
Philip Lasser's Sonapartita is an exploration into to the commingled world of the G minor Sonata and the D minor Partita of J.S. Bach.
The title, Sonapartita, comes from the hybridization of the names for the two famed genres of J.S Bach's solo violin works: his Sonata and Partitas. The movements in the Sonatas generally have title for abstract forms like Prelude or Fugue while the movements in the Partitas have dance titles. Since Lasser's work is a blending of materials from a Sonata and a Partita, the titles for his movements are fanciful names blending the titles from both genres.
In keeping with the grand tradition of works for solo violin like those of Bach and Ysaÿe, Lasser's Sonapartita is both technically challenging and highly dramatic for the soloist involving thick harmonic textures in the Sarabandesque, aggressive double and triple stops along with sparkling left-hand Pizzicati in the Fugavotte and ending with an ever-warming Petite Chaconne, which bears genetic similarity to Bach's own at the end of his D minor Partita.