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CANCELED - Mark Clinton, Piano Performance

THE POWER OF THE TRITONE

Date: Time: 7:30 pm
Kimball Recital Hall
Additional Info: KRH
Contact: Brian Reetz, (402) 472-6865, breetz2@unl.edu
Dr. Mark Clinton, Hixson-Lied Professor of Piano in the Glenn Korff School of Music, will present a piano recital titled “The Power of the Tritone” on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. in Kimball Recital Hall on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln downtown campus. In common practice Western harmony, the tritone is the interval between two notes separated by six half steps. It is considered the most harmonically unstable of intervals and represents the greatest possible harmonic distance between two different key areas (for example F to B). The three works on the first half of this program, although they represent three distinctly different style periods, are firmly in the key of F (major or minor). Beyond the establishment of a common tonality, each of these works uses counterpoint within their different compositional languages—in Bach the fugue, in Beethoven canonic imitation in the second movement and fugato in the third movement, in Chopin the surprising imitative moments that are an important part of the work’s narrative fabric. The second half of this program features the monumental Liszt Sonata in B minor, an epic work whose tonality is a tritone away from F major/minor. This orchestrally conceived composition employs a highly chromatic language that propels the music in unexpected directions, even exploiting the tritone harmonic relationship from time to time! The half-hour work is written in multiple sections without interruption, and prominently features the technique of thematic transformation—the process of modifying a theme so that in a new context it is different, but still clearly made of the same elements.

Since entering the Preparatory Division of the Peabody Conservatory at age eight under the tutelage of Julian Martin, Mark Clinton has worked extensively with some of the world’s foremost pianists. This critically acclaimed pianist has garnered prizes at many prestigious international competitions and has been featured frequently on national radio and television broadcasts. Critics have noted his “powerful performance [combined with] sublime lyricism” (Salisbury Daily Times), the “…drive and security of his pianism” (Baltimore Sun), and his “luminous, concentrated playing” (Washington Post).

Clinton is currently Hixson-Lied Professor of Piano and head of the keyboard area at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Mark Clinton is a Steinway artist.

Free and open to the public.

This performance will also be live webcast. Visit music.unl.edu the night of the performance.

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