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Grant Event: Ornamentation and Performance Practice in the Sonatas of Scarlatti
April 12 @ 10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Presenter: Dr. Matt Cooper
Presenting District: Central Oregon
Program Description: Many of us are familiar with the principles of ornamentation in the Baroque, but are less certain about what to do with ornaments in the Viennese Classical period and the time of transition leading up to it (mid-to-late 18th century). This lecture will cover the realization of turns, trills, and appoggiaturas, as well as arpeggios and the so-called “Haydn ornament.” Possibilities for adding ornaments to Classic repertoire will also be explored.
About the Presenter: Matt Cooper, DMA, is an Ellington scholar, pianist, and author of Duke Ellington as Pianist: A Study of Styles (College Music Society, 2013). He was a keynote speaker and performer at the International Duke Ellington Conference in Amsterdam (2014) as well as a presenter and performer at the International Duke Ellington Conference in Woking, England (2012). While in Amsterdam, he was interviewed and performed on Dutch television, and his recital was recorded for broadcast in Europe by dJazz TV. Dr. Cooper performs widely in the Inland Northwest, in the U.S., and has also concertized several times in the Russian Far East. He has been invited to tour England and Scotland in the spring of 2016, as well as perform an Ellington recital at the Billy Strayhorn Conference at Reed College in the fall of 2015. He has taught piano, jazz studies, and music theory at Eastern Oregon University since 1991.