Michael Stephen Brown, <em>piano</em>

Michael Brown by Michelle Agins

Carte Blanche Concert II

Michael Stephen Brown, piano

“This is a program of works that kept me company during the lockdown and carried me through the most difficult times. They explore the gamut of emotions and speak to the most vulnerable places of the human spirit. There are many threads uniting the music—the celebration of Haydn, the experience of injury and heartbreak, the influence of nature, and the evocation of dance. This program is a window into my inner world, presenting composers that I love while illuminating connections between music and life.”
—Michael Stephen Brown

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Joseph Haydn(1732–1809)
Fantasia in C major, Hob. XVII:4, Capriccio (1789)
Claude Debussy(1862–1918)
Hommage á Haydn (1909)
Maurice Ravel(1875–1937)
Menuet sur le nom d’Haydn (1909)
Michael Stephen Brown(Born 1987)
Etude-Fantasy on the Name of Haydn (2020) (Music@Menlo commission, West Coast premiere)
Maurice Ravel(1875–1937)
Delphine von Schauroth(1813–1887)
Lieder ohne Worte (Songs Without Words) in E major, op. 18, no. 1 (ca. 1830)
Felix Mendelssohn(1809–1847)
Rondo Capriccioso, op. 14 (1830)
Michael Stephen Brown(Born 1987)
Breakup Etude for Right Hand Alone (2020) (West Coast premiere)
Alexander Scriabin(1872–1915)
Nocturne for Left Hand Alone, op. 9 (1894)
Adolph Schulz-Evler(1852–1905)
Concert Arabesques on Themes from Johann Strauss’s The Beautiful Blue Danube, op. 12 (ca. 1904)