Ettore Causa and Boris Berman perform Nov. 30

Concert features Shostakovich viola sonata, transcriptions of Schumann and Brahms

The Yale School of Music presents violist Ettore Causa and pianist Boris Berman in a Faculty Artist Series concert on Wednesday, November 30. Causa and Berman – both internationally acclaimed musicians in their own right – will perform duo sonatas of Schumann, Shostakovich, and Brahms, including arrangements of pieces originally written for other instrumental combinations.

The concert opens with Robert Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70, originally written for horn but often played on string instruments, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s last work: the Viola Sonata, Op. 147. Shostakovich said that the last movement, an adagio, was written in memory of Beethoven.

The last work on the program is also a tribute to an earlier composer. Berman and Causa have made their own transcription of a cello sonata by Johannes Brahms. The Sonata in E minor, Op. 38, pays homage to J.S. Bach and uses elements of Bach’s “The Art of Fugue.”

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street). Admission is free. For more information, visit or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published November 8, 2011
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