Comparing Themes And Reflection Of A Piano Concert By Jeffrey Johnson

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On September 12th, 2017, I attended a piano concert by Jeffrey Jacobs that consisted of some

various 20th century repertoire composed by Ian Dicke, Béla Bartok, George Crumb, and Dr.

Takuma Itoh. All of these pieces were extremely fascinating to listen to, and I enjoyed every

minute of it.

The first two pieces on the program, entitled “Intermezzo” and “Soliloquy,” were

both written by Dr. Itoh. Both works contain contrasting differences in themes, difficulty, and

structure. According to Dr. Itoh, “Intermezzo” was written for a children’s piano competition-

therefore, it wasn’t written to be a highly virtuosic work, but a work of simplicity. As I was

listening, I thought that it was a very gentle piece that somewhat reminded me of the beginning

measures of Debussy’s “The Snow is Dancing” from his suite “Children’s Corner,” in terms of

color. In fact, the tranquility and repetitive patterns of “Intermezzo” reminded me of a gentle,

light snowfall with contemplation and reflection taking place. Unlike “Intermezzo,” “Soliloquy”

sounded more technically complex and virtuosic. However, like “Intermezzo,” “Soliloquy” also

had repetitive patterns, and recurring themes. To describe “Soliloquy,” I’d say that this piece

contains a certain warmth that is complimented by “glassy effects.” That warmth was where I

felt influences of Romantic era music.

The next piece, entitled “White Parasol,” was written by Ian Dicke. Mr. Jacobs mentioned

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