Spring 2018

Conductor Mark Shapiro
with Guest Artist Lala Lee, piano

Sonata pian' e forte

Giovanni Gabrieli (1554–1612)

Sonata pian' e forte was written by Giovanni Gabrieli, an Italian composer and organist in 1597. This is the earliest known piece of music to call for specific brass instruments.

“Sonata pian’e forte” means an instrumental piece using soft and loud dynamics. A more technical definition of this is a Venetian polychoral style& which arose from architectural peculiarities with regards to St Mark's Basilica. Sonata (at this time) means a piece for instruments. It was probably written to be played as part of a Catholic service at St Mark's, Venice. It was written for 8 instruments divided into 2 groups of 4 and placed in opposing galleries in the cathedral.

Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 19

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

The Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19, by Ludwig van Beethoven was composed primarily between 1787 and 1789, although it did not attain the form it was published as until 1795. Beethoven did write another finale for it in 1798 for performance in Prague, but that is not the finale that it was published with. It was used by the composer as a vehicle for his own performances as a young virtuoso, initially intended with the Bonn Hofkapelle. It was published in 1801 following Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, which actually had been composed well after this piece in 1796 and 1797.

Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82

Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)

Sibelius was commissioned to write this symphony by the Finnish government in honour of his 50th birthday, which had been declared a national holiday. The symphony was originally composed in 1915. It was revised first in 1916 and then again in 1919.

7:30 pm, Faith Tabernacle Church, 6225 Summit Street, Halifax, NS

Tickets available online and at the door.