Guest Artist Piano Recital

Joseph Williams, piano

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 7:30pm

Pigott Auditorium

Musica callada by Federico Mompou

-Tickets available at the door: $5 students, $8 faculty/staff, $12 general admission

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The primary masterwork of Catalan composer Federico Mompou's late years is Música Callada (Silent Music), a piano suite consisting of 28 pieces arranged in four books of 9, 7, 5, and 9 movements. Most of the pieces occupy just two or three lightly scored pages of music, and the dynamic level only rarely exceeds mezzo piano. Música Callada sometimes breaks into brief, wistful dance phrases; otherwise the music is best characterized as containing only the barest indication of a pulse. Although the work is extremely economical in its means, it is not easy to play. On the contrary, Música Callada represents a test of concentration and restraint over extended periods.

About Música Callada, Mompou once wrote, "its mission is to reach the profound depths of our soul and the hidden domains of the vital force our spirits. This music is silent ('callada') as if heard from within." 

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Joseph Williams is an active freelance pianist in the Seattle-Tacoma area. Formerly a staff instrumental collaborative pianist at Oberlin Conservatory, he has performed at numerous venues ranging from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. to various schools throughout Amman, Jordan. In addition to teaching piano at Federal Way School of Music and Annie Wright Schools in Tacoma, he directs Tukwila Kids Make Music, a program which offers group piano instruction to Tukwila children at no cost. Recently, he has enjoyed his work as a substitute choir teacher and behavior therapist.