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Sam Haywood

Sam Haywood

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Leeds International Chamber Season 2018/19: Schubert and Friends

Sam Haywood - piano

Schubert - Sonata in B flat, D960 Listen 
Schubert - Impromptus, D899, Nos 3 Listen & 4 Listen 
Voříšek - Two Impromptus Op 7, Nos 4 Listen & 6 Listen
Chopin - Impromptus Nos 1 Listen & 4 Listen

An Impromptu is a piece usually written for a solo instrument, in a free form style, giving the impression of improvisation, capturing the spirit of the moment. The spur-of-the-moment nature of the style, free from the constraints of Classical form, appealed to the nature of Romantic composers including Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, and Sibelius, who took up the idea from Voříšek and Schubert’s initial works.

“For my solo recital I have chosen Schubert’s final piano sonata, written at the age of 31 – the last year of his life. It’s a work of great intimacy, almost like a private diary. Any attempt to describe it in words would fall so far short of what the music is able to convey. The Czech composer Voříšek was a friend of Schubert’s and wrote the very first Impromptus for piano. They are such wonderful pieces and hardly ever heard. Conversely, Schubert and Chopin’s takes on the genre have become standards of the repertoire.” Sam Haywood - Artistic Director.

This concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3's lunchtime slot, between 22-25 January 2019.

This concert is part of the Schubert and Friends series taking place at The Venue:
Tuesday 9 October - Chiaroscuro Quartet 
Tuesday 13 November - Jack Liebeck, Guy Johnston & Sam Haywood 
Tuesday 11 December - Ailish Tynan, Katherine Spencer & Sam Haywood
Tuesday 19 February 2019 - Elias Quartet
Tuesday 19 March 2019 - Rainer Honeck & Sam Haywood 

View the Schubert and Friends brochure online. 


Standard A £21, B £19
Over 60s A £19, B £17
Under 18s/students/unwaged A £10.50, B £9.50
(including booking fees)

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