March 27, 2012
Music faculty member, soprano release CD of vocal, solo piano music
Northwest Missouri State University associate professor of music Dr. Anthony Olson and lyric soprano Ms. Eva Peng pay tribute to 19th century musicians Pauline Viardot and Frederic Chopin on a CD released today.
The recording explores mazurkas dances written by pianist and composer Frederic Chopin and vocal arrangements of the pieces created by Pauline Viardot.
Viardot, one of the most renowned vocalists of her day, studied music with Chopin and sang several concerts with him at the keyboard. Her mazurka transcriptions were made during the summers that she spent with Chopin and his mistress in Nohant, France.
Last year, Olson released a CD paying tribute to 19th-century American pianist and composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk, titled “Got Gottschalk?”
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