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UWFox Scholars Series Offers Presentation on Chopin

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The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley presents its final Scholars Series presentation of the 2011-2012 academic year when it offers, “The Improvisational Basis of Chopin's 2nd Concerto for Piano," featuring Tony Garton, retired UWFox lecturer in music and pre-concert lecturer for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Garton’s presentation is being held in the campus’ Perry Hall, from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 7.

According to Garton, "The key to understanding Chopin's impact on music of today is his use of ornamental melody. Although many 19th Century European composers used this technique to decorate their works, none did so more so than Chopin.

“No one documented the creative process, through letters and diaries, as did this Polish composer. Romantic musical ornamentations of the period are in a direct line to 20th Century improvisational keyboard jazz. The piano is an ideal instrument to study this phenomenon,” Garton said. “Comparisons between the two centuries help to clarify the technique."

The UWFox Scholars Series is free and open to the public with unreserved seating. For more information about Garton’s presentation, call the UWFox Office of University Relations, 920-832-2611 or email david.hager@uwc.edu.

Posted 5/4/2012