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Kasparas Mikužis

7 December 2023 @ 12:45 pm 1:45 pm

£7 Adults

Tickets on the door (cash or card). Under 18s and carers go free

Doors open at 12:15 pm

Aylesbury Lunchtime Music

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Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP20 2JJ United Kingdom
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Kasparas Mikužis


Notes on the performers

Kasparas Mikužis

Lithuanian-born pianist Kasparas Mikužis at the age of 22 has already given solo performances on stages such as Wigmore hall, Concertgebouw hall, as well as, Lithuanian national and Kharkiv Philharmonic halls. He has released his debut CD and his live performances were televised on Mezzo TV. Kasparas is a prize winner of more than 20 international piano competitions including a 3rd prize at International M. K. Čiurlionis Competition. Recent appearances include a public masterclass with Sir Andras Schiff at Riga Jurmala Music Festival, a recital at Bridgewater Hall and a performance for the first couples of Lithuania and Poland at presidential palace. At the moment Kasparas is completing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Christopher Elton, previously also studying with Diana Ketler. For representing Lithuania on an international stage Kasparas was awarded a letter of gratitude by the president of republic of Lithuania.


Programme notes

M. K. Čiurlionis

‘Pater Noster’ VL260
‘Little Sonata’ VL269-271

Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875 – 1911) was a Lithuanian composer, painter, choirmaster, cultural figure, and writer in Polish. Čiurlionis contributed to symbolism and art nouveau, and was representative of the fin de siècle epoch. He has been considered one of the pioneers of abstract art in Europe. During his short life, he composed about 400 pieces of music and created about 300 paintings, as well as many literary works and poems. The majority of his paintings are housed in the M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum in Kaunas, Lithuania. His works have had a profound influence on modern Lithuanian culture.

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Alvidas Remesa

‘Stigmatas’ 5 miniature pieces

A. Remesa (b 1951) composed over 100 works in genres ranging from songs to symphonies and stage works; however, sacral music occupies the main part of his output. During the last 15 years he has studied theology, history of ecclesiastical music, liturgy, Gregorian chant, became a Franciscan monk. This piece is about five wounds of Jesus Christ.

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F. Chopin

24 Preludes op. 28
  1. Agitato
  2. Lento
  3. Vivace
  4. Largo
  5. Molto allegro
  6. Lento assai
  7. Andantino
  8. Molto agitato
  9. Largo
  10. Molto allegro
  11. Vivace
  12. Presto
  13. Lento
  14. Allegro
  15. Sostenuto
  16. Presto con fuoco
  17. Allegretto
  18. Molto allegro
  19. Vivace
  20. Largo
  21. Cantabile
  22. Molto agitato
  23. Moderato
  24. Allegro appassionato

Frederic Chopin (1810 – 1849) Chopin’s 24 Preludes, Op. 28, are a set of short pieces for the piano, one in each of the twenty-four keys, originally published in 1839. Chopin wrote them between 1835 and 1839, partly at Valldemossa, Mallorca, where he spent the winter of 1838–39 and where he had fled with George Sand and her children to escape the damp Paris weather. In Majorca, Chopin had a copy of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier, and as in each of Bach’s two sets of preludes and fugues, his Op. 28 set comprises a complete cycle of the major and minor keys, albeit with a different ordering.

The manuscript, which Chopin carefully prepared for publication, carries a dedication to the German pianist and composer Joseph Christoph Kessler. The French and English editions (Catelin, Wessel) were dedicated to the piano-maker and publisher Camille Pleyel, the German edition (Breitkopf & Härtel) was dedicated to Kessler, who ten years earlier had dedicated his own set of 24 Preludes, Op. 31, to Chopin.

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