Wanderer: a person who travels aimlessly. In Conroy's first concert, he will perform works by Clementi, Schubert and Liszt as well as debuting one of his own compositions.
The heart of the programme is Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy, considered as one of his most difficult works for piano. It is based on a theme from a song titled "Der Wanderer." The lyrics that accompany the passage translates to:
Here the sun seems so cold,
the flowers faded, life old;,
and what they say with an empty sound,
I am a stranger everywhere.
Vallée d'Obermann is part of a suite, Années de pèlerinage (Years of pilgrimage), which was written on Liszt's travels through Switzerland. It is inspired by a novel by Senancour, of the same title. It is about a man overwhelmed and confused by his encounters with nature.
Conroy's own composition is a rhythmic and stylistic journey, containing aspects of many musical genres.
Clementi: Sonata in C major Op 34, No 1, 1st Movement
Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy
Liszt: Vallée d'Obermann
JCHY: Scherzo Capriccioso
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