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The Venue - Leeds College of Music
Quarry Hill


Joseph HaydnPiano Sonata in C major, Hob.XVI:48
Franz LisztPiano Sonata in B minor, S.178
Joseph HaydnPiano Sonata in E minor, Hob.XVI:34
Sándor VeressPiano Sonata


Dénes Várjon – piano

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Programme Note

The first concert of this series exploring the Sonata features one of the greatest examples of the genre: Liszt’s B minor Piano Sonata.

Dénes writes: “I have always admired the unique shape of Liszt’s sonata, which has the essence of his incredible personality and, for me, forms a bridge from the late Beethoven sonatas to those composers who were living and composing after Liszt; Busoni and Bartók for example. In turn Sándor Veress was taught by Bartók and his works deserves to be much more widely known. I was lucky enough to have the chance to perform Veress' music with him on many occasions and it was the composer himself who suggested that I learn his early piano sonata composed in 1929. Bartók heard the piece and esteemed it very highly. You can hear Veress’ parlando style that is closely connected to Hungarian language and derives from the folk songs which he, like Bartók, collected for many years.

I chose to include the two Haydn sonatas with the Veress as there is a clarity and transparency in all three works, along with a love of dance and the presence of folk elements.”

Dènes Várjon

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