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Curtis Institute of Music

Graduation Recital: John Marcel Williams, guitar

May 4, 2021, 12 p.m. ET

Start and end dates to be determined.


Guitarist John Marcel Williams presents a trio of works from the baroque, Romantic, and modern eras, each inspired by the music of other composers. J. S. Bach’s Concerto in D major draws directly from the composer’s Italian contemporary Antonio Vivaldi. Wenzel Matiegka, a contemporary of Beethoven and Schubert, borrowed from Franz Haydn to create an irresistible confection for solo guitar. The recital closes with Benjamin Britten’s Nocturnal after John Dowland. In this dreamlike and melancholy theme and variations, Britten pays homage to a key figure of the English Renaissance. 


Program (subject to change)

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH     Concerto in D major, BWV 972
WENZEL MATIEGKA Sonata in B minor, Op. 23
       Presto fugato
       Rondo: Allegro non tanto 
BENJAMIN BRITTEN Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op. 70

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