Pair to present concert of Chopin sonatas

Release Date: April 3, 2008

PLAINVIEW – Mark Anthony Pair, piano artist in residence at Wayland Baptist University, will be featured in concert, playing two piano sonatas by Chopin at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, in Harral Memorial Auditorium.

Chopin was a composer during the Romantic Period in music in the 19th century. Chopin composed many different works for the piano. In the Romantic Period, composers created an average of three sonatas, with the exception of Schubert. Although the romantic composers treated their works with more modern innovations than did the classical composers, the format was similar.

Pair will perform the second and third of Chopin’s three sonatas. The first half of the program is the Sonata in B-Flat Minor; the second half will feature the “Black Swan” sonata. The two sonatas contain some of Chopin’s most intricate and technical music with technical difficulties.

Pair has performed many of Chopin’s piano works, including the complete Scherzi, Impromptus, Ballades, Concerti, Preludes, Etudes and Mazurkas. The event is open to the public and admission is free.