MARK SALMAN

Concert Pianist

The Liszt Bicentennial Project – 2012

Franz Liszt In honor of Liszt’s 200th birthday and his legacy to the music world, Mark Salman will offer programs of works by Liszt as well as composers who influenced him or were influenced by him. In homage to Liszt’s efforts to disseminate music throughout Europe through his extensive concert tours, Mr. Salman will in particular seek to perform in small to medium sized cities where audiences rarely have the opportunity to hear the great solo piano repertoire in live recitals. To draw attention to Liszt’s own charitable work, each recital will be dedicated as a partial benefit to a local cause or charity. This season, Mr. Salman will kick off the project with five recitals in Seattle, as well as single recitals in a number of other cities.

The Legacy of Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt was one of the pivotal figures of the 19th century. His extraordinary range of accomplishments has never been fully understood or appreciated even up to the present day. The composer of over 1000 works in all genres, the originator of modern piano technique, the inventor of the solo piano recital, one of the principal contributors to modern conducting technique, he was the most audacious, innovative, original and radical composer of his day. His works, more than those of any other composer, lead directly into the 20th century.

Liszt is still considered the greatest pianist in history, performing more than 1000 concerts from one end of Europe to the other, from Portugal to Ireland, to Moscow, and as far afield as Constantinople. He was also an extraordinary human being, performing only for charity for the last 40 years of his life. He regularly used his immense fame and prestige to help less well-known composers and through his master classes taught hundreds of the next generation of young pianists for free.

Liszt Recital Series in Seattle

Mark Salman will present five concerts in Seattle spanning Liszt’s origins and inspirations, his creative life and his influence on the 20th century.

A portion of each admission will be donated to the designated organization. Patrons admission will be available (the amount above the regular admission will go directly to the beneficiary).

All concerts will take place at: University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave NE, Seattle 98105.

Admission:
• Single Recital: $25 general, $15 students and seniors, $50 patron
• 5 Recital Series: $100 general, $60 students and seniors, $200 patron

Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets Brown Paper Tickets (credit card) or at the door (cash or check only).

Program I – Liszt’s Origins

Friday, January 27, 2012, 7:30 pm

Featuring: Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” Sonata; Schubert’s “Wanderer” Fantasy; Harmonies poétiques et religieuses (1834)

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Benefit for KING FM

Program I – Liszt's Origins

Friday January 27, 2012, 7:30 pm
Benefit for KING FM

A program of works that influenced and inspired Liszt in his early artistic development during the 1820's, including the work in which Beethoven exploded all previous musical conventions, the "Hammerklavier" Sonata and Schubert's "Wanderer" Fantasy, one of the first examples of the new romantic instrumental virtuosity. Also on the program will be Liszt's early “Harmonies poétiques et religieuses,” an improvisatory and poetic work from 1834 which begins and ends in no key.

This program includes:

  • Haydn: Fantasy in C Major
  • Beethoven: “Hammerklavier” Sonata
  • Schubert: “Wanderer” Fantasy Op. 15
  • Berlioz-Liszt: March to the Scaffold (from “Symphonie Fantastique”)
  • Liszt: Harmonies poétiques et religieuses (1834)

Program subject to change

Program II – Liszt’s Virtuoso Years

Sunday, February 12, 2012, 4:00 pm

Featuring: “Malediction” Concerto, with Seattle Conservatory Young Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra; the “Norma” Fantasy; “Dante” Sonata; and other works

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Benefit for Seattle Conservatory of Music

Program II – Liszt’s Virtuoso Years

A concert organized in the style of a performance from the 1840s

Sunday, February 12, 2012, 4:00 pm
Benefit for the Seattle Conservatory of Music

From 1838 until 1847, Liszt toured constantly throughout Europe, setting the precedent for the modern concert career. The typical concert of the 1830s and 40s was something of a variety show, often featuring an orchestra, assisting artists performing solos, and even dramatic recitations, as well as the featured performer. The atmosphere was informal, with the artists mixing with the audience between pieces and often speaking to the audience. Liszt gradually moved away from this type of program over the course of his tours, doing away with assisting artists and inventing the solo recital, though the informal nature of the artist’s interaction with the public lasted through the later 19th century.

This program includes:

  • Piece TBA performed by Seattle Conservatory chamber orchestra
  • Après une lecture du Dante – Fantasia quasi sonata
  • Au bord d’un source
  • Sonnetto Petrarca 104
  • Fantasy on Bellini’s “Norma”
  • Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12
  • Ständchen (Serenade) (Schubert-Liszt)
  • Malediction Concerto (with Seattle Conservatory Chamber Orchestra)
  • Grand Galop Chromatique

Program subject to change

Program III – Liszt’s Weimar Period

Friday, March 2, 2012, 7:30 pm

Featuring: B Minor Sonata; Scherzo and March; Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen Variations; Funérailles

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Benefit for Orchestra Seattle

Program III – Liszt’s Weimar Period

Friday, March 2, 2012, 7:30 pm
Benefit for Orchestra Seattle

In 1848, Liszt retired from concert touring and settled in Weimar, Germany, building it into one of Europe's cultural centers. As director of the court orchestra, he promoted many new works by the great composers of the day that would otherwise have not been heard. During his 12 years in the city, he composed many of his greatest works.

This program includes:

  • Funérailles
  • Scherzo and March
  • Un Sospiro
  • Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen Variations
  • Sonata in B Minor

Program subject to change

Program IV – Liszt and the 20th Century

Friday, April 6, 2012, 7:30 pm

Featuring: Unusual late works by Liszt; Busoni's “Fantasia Contrapuntistica”; and Schoenberg

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Benefit for Opera Plus

Opera Plus is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting opera. Yearly, it provides a scholarship to a young artist in the field of opera. Past recipients have gone on to successes at Seattle Opera, Metropolitan Opera and La Scala.

Program IV – Liszt and the 20th century

Friday, April 6, 2012, 7:30 pm
Benefit for Opera Plus

Consistently throughout his life, Liszt was the most experimental composer of his time. In his final works, he breaks from traditional tonality, anticipating composers of the 20th century both harmonically and in their harsh emotional world. The program features a number of these works, as well as pieces influenced by Liszt - Busoni's rarely heard Fantasia Contrapuntistica and Schoenberg.

This program includes:

  • Mephisto Waltz No. 3
  • Toccata
  • Bagatelle without Tonality
  • Nuage Gris
  • Funeral Prelude and March
  • Unstern!
  • Schoenberg: Klavierstucke Op. 11#2
  • Busoni: Fantasia Contrapuntistica
  • Other works TBA

Program subject to change

Program V – Liszt Encore

Friday May 4, 7:30 pm

Featuring: the complete Transcendental Etudes

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Program V – The Transcendental Etudes, complete

Friday May 4, 7:30 pm

The greatest pianist of his day, Liszt explored every facet of the instrument's capability, developing virtually every technique exploited by later composers. A landmark in the history of pianism, The Transcendental Etudes sum up Liszt's achievements in inventing modern piano technique. Rarely heard as a set, the twelve pieces make up an incredibly diverse, dramatic and poetic single work, transcendent in their emotional scope as well as their difficulty. Celebrate Liszt's 200th with Mark Salman's performance of this important work.

Concert in Bellingham: Liszt Trancendental Etudes

Sunday May 6, 3:00 pm

Venue: Amadeus Project, 1209 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham 98225

Featuring: the complete Transcendental Etudes

Benefit for Whatcom Symphony Orchestra

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The Transcendental Etudes, complete

Sunday May 6, 3:00 pm, Bellingham

The greatest pianist of his day, Liszt explored every facet of the instrument's capability, developing virtually every technique exploited by later composers. A landmark in the history of pianism, The Transcendental Etudes sum up Liszt's achievements in inventing modern piano technique. Rarely heard as a set, the twelve pieces make up an incredibly diverse, dramatic and poetic single work, transcendent in their emotional scope as well as their difficulty. Celebrate Liszt's 200th with Mark Salman's performance of this important work.

Additional Event – Lecture with Demonstrations

Friday Feb. 17, 7:00 pm

“Who was Franz Liszt, and Why is He Important” is the title of a lecture by Mark Salman with demonstrations of musical examples.

Hosted at Sherman Clay Pianos, 1624 4th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 — free of charge

For questions or information about the Liszt Bicentennial Project, email concerts@marksalman.net.

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