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Fortepiano takes center stage during historical recreation of Die schöne Müllerin at APSU

 

On Sunday evening the APSU Department of Music and the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts presented free concert, a historical recreation of a Schubert composition. The singer was Dr Gerald Thomas Gray, and was accompanied by David Breitman on the Forte Piano. Sharon Mabry and Thomas King narrated the Prologue and Epilogue.

Die Schöne Müllerin,” based on the poems of Wilhelm Müller, is the story of a young miller who falls in love with the maid of the mill and is rejected, sending him into despair and tragedy. The performance included a reading of several poems by Müller not set to music by the composer. After the program there was an opportunity for the audience to meet the performers and get a close-up view of the unique fortepiano at the reception following the concert.

Dr. Gerald Thomas Gray singing as David Breitman plays the Fortepiano

Dr. Gerald Thomas Gray singing as David Breitman plays the Fortepiano

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APSU Presents Historical Recreation of Schubert Composition

 

The fortepiano,a small, 18th century precursor to the modern day piano, isn’t used much anymore. The antiquated instrument with its black keys produces a little softer, a little different sound than what 21st century audiences are accustomed to hearing.

That means, when people gather to listen to compositions created in the 1700s or early 1800s, they often aren’t experiencing what the original concertgoer heard. Time and technology have altered the sound.

But at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Clarksville residents will get the opportunity to hear “Die Schöne Müllerin” (The Maid of the Mill) as it likely sounded when Franz Schubert composed the work in 1824.

A Fortepiano

A Fortepiano

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APSU Presents Historical Recreation of Schubert Composition

 

The fortepiano, a small, 18th century precursor to the modern day piano, isn’t used much anymore. The antiquated instrument with its black keys produces a little softer, a little different sound than what 21st century audiences are accustomed to hearing.

That means, when people gather to listen to compositions created in the 1700s or early 1800s, they often aren’t experiencing what the original concertgoer heard. Time and technology have altered the sound.

But at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 21, Clarksville residents will get the opportunity to hear “Die Schöne Müllerin” (The Maid of the Mill) as it likely sounded when Franz Schubert composed the work in 1824.

A Fortepiano

A Fortepiano

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