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Lunchtime Recital: Georgia Argent

Lunchtime Recital: Georgia Argent

After the Half Term break Georgia Argent got the Lunchtime Recital ball rolling again, with a beautiful piano performance on Tuesday 1st November. West Town Fourth Former Georgia brought hordes of girls to the Music School, so the Recital Hall was packed; you could almost feel the anticipation.

So without further ado Mr Drinkwater kindly introduced Georgia and delighted us with her achievements both on and off the musical stages! Itching to get going, Georgia sat down at the piano and started her first piece Prelude and Fugue in B♭, composed by Clara Schumann. Schumann was a German musician and composer who performed throughout the romantic era, and is often described as one of the most distinguished pianists of the time. The piece was taken from the Grade 8 ABRSM piano syllabus which clarifies the difficulty and sophistication of the composition. It was written in 1845; however Schumann ended her composing career at the age of 36 as she believed it was not appropriate for women to do so.

The piece was mesmerising, and despite a couple of brief mistakes, Georgia was cool, calm and collected, regained complete composure and moved swiftly on. That takes a massive effort in itself so well done to her for that!

Next up was Allegro, taken from the 1st movement from Sonata in D by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart is possibly one of the most famous composers ever, and was a particularly influential composer during the Classical era. He wrote lots of piano and operatic music, most notably The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni.

It is fair to say that throughout Allegro, Georgia’s fingers probably covered every single key on the piano! Her hands flew up and down the keyboard as if detached from her arms, and even crossed over and many points — a difficult skill which was demonstrated seemingly with ease. Not only was she a joy to listen to, she was beautiful to watch play, with her hands played octaves and having perfect hand curvature.

Allegro was — unsurprisingly due to the Meriam Webster dictionary defining allegro as “at a brisk, lively tempo” — very upbeat and a somewhat cheerful piece; some might say it was quite humorous! A characteristic synonymous with Mozart is trills and Georgia played these excellently.

Georgia gave a delightful performance and wowed the crowd with her amazingly musical skills. She clearly has an exceptional ear for music and has progressed to a very high level in piano-playing. Well done on a sterling recital Georgia and I can’t wait to hear you perform again!

10 November 2011

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