Piano Recital Excerpts by Kara Burgess

Kara Burgess’s recital was prepared under the direction of Mrs. June Brus and is given in partial fulfillment of the requirements of a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with an emphasis in Piano Pedagogy.


Piano Sonata, No. 2, “Concord Sonata” IV. Alcotts by Charles Ives

Each movement in the Concord Sonata depicts the life of a famous transcendentalist author from Concord, Massachusetts. In this depiction of Louisa May Alcott’s home, Charles Ives uses the technique of quotation. If you listen carefully, you will hear the theme from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, “Missionary Hymn,” “Here Comes the Bride,” “Loch Lomond,” and the minstrel song “Stop Dat Knockin’” all included! Ives weaves these songs together with his own ideas, skillfully contrasting the strife of the Civil War outside the home with the peace of the family within.

Keyboard Concerto, No. 1 in D Minor J. S. Bach Assisted by June Brus

While no primary sources on the composition of this piece exist, musicologists speculate that it may have been originally written for violin. The theme is stated in unison at the beginning, tossed back and forth throughout the piece, and again stated in unison at the conclusion. Unlike most baroque pieces, this one includes a notated cadenza passage, where the soloist plays a virtuosic ornamental display without orchestral accompaniment. Interestingly, this is one of the few pieces by Bach that has been continuously performed, even during periods when his works were unpopular.

Be Still, My Soul by Jean Sibelius/arr. Ream    

During the spring of my freshman year, the Lord allowed both of my parents to be hospitalized at the same time. It was a frightening time to be so far from home and unable to help my parents or my younger siblings. God taught me a lot of lessons about putting my full trust in Him. Two days after Mom was hospitalized, we sang this song in chapel. Time after time during the last four years, these words have been a challenge and encouragement to me:

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side. Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain. Leave to thy God to order and provide; In every change, He faithful will remain. Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake to guide the future, as He has the past. Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake; All now mysterious shall be bright at last. Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on. When we shall be forever with the Lord. When disappointment, grief and fear are gone, Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored. Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

Kara Burgess Senior Piano Recital Program