Three chapters in the history of the Hungarian sonata will be revived on January 24th in the Bartók Memorial House.
The first piece of the concert will be Liszt's Sonata in B minor, first performed in Berlin in 1857. Liszt's student, Hans von Bülow was sitting at the piano and his performance was acknowledged; the piece itself, however, had a rather chilly reception and this attitude did not change in the following decades. It was the Italian pianist and composer, Ferruccio Busoni, who has discovered the magnificence of the work, and, disregarding any expectations or the indignation of the profession and the audience, decided to include the sonata in B minor in his programme in 1900. However, it took further decades to achieve a positive reception.
1926 was the Year of the Piano for Bartók. He had a piano concerto on his mind and new pieces were also needed for the preliminarily booked European and American tours; in June he sent the family for a summer holiday in the countryside, so he could focus solely on his job. His Piano Sonata in three movements composed during this time – due to its innovative spirit – has become a milestone in the history of the sonata.
The closing piece of the concert is also a world premiere: it is now the second time when Gábor András Virágh has composed a piece at Balázs Fülei's request: Les Visages de la Lune (The faces of the Moon) in 2012 and the Sonata in three movements in 2018 that will be heard by the audience for the very first time during this evening.
András Gábor Virágh
Foto: Zoltán Sebestyén