Itamar Zorman's Descriptions of His Recital Programs for 2018-19 Season

Program 1 - Memories

Brahms was often at his best writing compositions that deal with Nostalgia. Centered around his "Rain" Sonata for violin and piano, this program portrays memories of many kinds: memories of childhood, of happy times, of a lost friend and of a lost era. Please join us for an emotional journey down memory lane!

Dvorak: Songs My Mother Taught Me, Op. 55, No. 4
Ben-Haim: Yizkor (Evocation)
Tchaikovsky: Souvenir d'un lieu Cher, Op. 42
or Kreisler: Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta
Brahms: Sonata in G Major, "Regen"
Chaplin/M. Zorman: Homage to Charlie Chaplin

A few words about the individual pieces:

Dvorak’s Songs My Mother Taught Me is about a parent singing to their child the same song that their mother sang to them when they were little. They recall the tears in their mother’s eyes as she was singing, and now they have the same tears in their eyes, singing to their children.

Paul Ben-Haim’s Evocation is a tribute to the violinist Andreas Weissgerber, the composer’s friend who had died prematurely in 1941. The piece goes through the various stages of grief, as it opens with a mourning theme, continues with a dramatic and conflicted middle section, and recedes back to the mourning theme, this time in the highest register of the violin.

Kreisler’s Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta is his love letter to Vienna of the beginning of the 20th century, a city and time long gone by 1948, when Kreisler wrote the piece.

Brahms’ Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano is inspired by his song Regenlied, which is fully quoted in the last movement. The songs describe how the falling rain evokes memories of happy childhood.

Homage to Charlie Chaplin for Solo Violin is a medley of his film music, from Lime lights to Modern Times. My father, Moshe Zorman, wrote this arrangement as a tribute to classic Hollywood.


Program 2 - From the Countryside to the Concert Hall

Dvorak: Romance in F minor, Op. 11
Schubert: Fantasy Violin and Piano in C Major, D. 934
Fazil Say: Violin Sonata, Op. 7
Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano in D minor, Op. 108
or Bartok: Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano

A few words about the individual pieces:

Schubert’s Fantasy in C Major draws inspiration not only from the song Sie mir gegrust, which it quotes, but also from gypsy music, as echoes of the cimbalum and the mandolin appear in its beginning and end, respectively.

In Dvorak’s Romance in F minor the heartwarming melodies are modeled after Czech folk music.

Brahms’ Sonata in D minor for Violin and Piano starts with a hushed yearning theme, reminiscent of his famous 1st Hungarian Dance, and ends with a fiery gypsy dance.

Fazil Say’s Sonata for Violin and Piano uses Turkish rhythms and scales, combined with Jazz influences.

Bartok’s Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano is one of the most tormented pieces in the violin literature, and its flavor is very Hungarian, from a military march in the 2nd movement, to a scene from a village in its wild last movement.


Program 3 - The Sound of Hollywood

A program celebrating film music, following the evolution of the Hollywood sound. From Silent film, to the immigrants from Europe around World War II who helped shape the classic Hollywood sound, to John Williams and today’s film music scene.

Chaplin/M. Zorman (b. 1952)Homage to Charlie Chaplin
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968): Exotica
*Composer of more than 200 scores for MGM studios, teacher of John Williams and Henry Mancini. Exotica was inspired by Hollywood adventure films in the Caribbean.
Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957): Much Ado About Nothing, Suite from Incidental Music for Violin and Piano, Op.11
*Academy Award winner for The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), one of the fathers of the classic Hollywood sound.
Nino Rota (1911-1979): Improvisation in D minor, taken from the film Amanti Senza Amore (1947)
*Wrote the music for The Godfather I and II, as well as films by Fellini and Zeffirelli.
Ennio Morricone (b.1928): Scherzo for Violin and Piano
Ennio Morricone: Theme from Cinema Paradiso
*Academy Award winner, and composer of the music for The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West.
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John Corigliano (b.1938): The Red Violin Caprices (1999)
*Won the Oscar for Best Film Score in The Red Violin.
Philip Glass (b.1937): Pendulum
*Golden Globe Award winner, wrote the music for The Truman Show and The Illusionist. His Minimalist style has become a popular feature in today’s film music.
John Williams (b.1932): Schindler’s List
*Composed the music for Star Wars, E.T, Indiana Jones, Jaws, Harry Potter, and many others.
Moshe Zorman: From Singing in the Rain to La la Land, a suite of Hollywood Musicals.