Tomorrow, I will give a soiree-like piano recital for some friends in a private home. Technically, the event cannot be described as a soiree, as it will take place in the afternoon. What then? A soiree de l’apres-midi, maybe?

I will play the Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven (complete), along with some Schubert, Brahms, Liszt and Scott Joplin.

I particularly enjoy the Hungarian Dances by Brahms. Brahms composed the dances both for orchestra and for two-piano duets, but I (like others) have adapted several of the dances for solo piano.

I also enjoy ending recitals with the nineteenth Hungarian Rhapsody by Liszt, his final. The work contains a number of haunting themes and motives before trotting off into a quicker section that concludes with bravura-type double octaves, reminiscent of his earlier rhapsodies.

Till tomorrow then.

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