Our audience was blown away by the impressive musical talent displayed at our first Music at Lunchtime concert of the Summer Term. We heard the complete performance of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No.1 in D major, op. 12 no. 1, performed by Martin Cropper, Head of Strings, and accompanied by Rupert, Form 5 Music Scholar.
Despite Beethoven’s primary performing career as a pianist, he always strove for parity among the instrumentalists, and this can also be heard in the Sonata as neither violin nor piano can boast of clear dominance. The Sonata moves through a gripping journey with bold unison themes, delicate lyrical melodies and moments of variation form. Rupert showed immense talent during this challenging chamber work. The calm and delicate lines were met with accuracy and diligence whilst the bold, forte lines were met with great assurance. As with all chamber music recitals, communication between the players is paramount to allow for a truly sleek performance. Rupert’s understanding of the importance of this communication was evident, displaying great musical maturity and executing an exceptional performance.