Allie Morken Piano Recital Highlights

This semester, Allie Morken performed her Senior Piano Recital. With years of practice behind her, she entertained the audience with a wide array of classical, modern, and sacred works. While mostly performing solo pieces, Morken also shared the stage in duets with her sister Meg Morken and friend Caelyn Meier, as well as in a quartet with string players.

“Allie’s recital was well-prepared and executed,” commented Dr. David Ledgerwood. “The Mozart was gorgeous, and the Dvořák was a wonderful choice and so enjoyable. Well-done!”

Morken gave her recital under the direction of Mrs. Ruth Brown to fulfill the requirements of a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with concentrations in Piano Pedagogy and Early Childhood Music. Following graduation, she intends to continue teaching in Maranatha’s Music Prep School and work in the area.

Prelude and Fugue No. 17 in Ab Major, BWV 862

J. S. Bach

The prelude features a cheerful motif, while the more flowing fugue passes its motif throughout four voices. Near the end of the fugue, a deceptive cadence catches the listener off guard before leading into a satisfying resolution.

My Shepherd Will Supply My Need

Southern Harmony (Arr. Anna Laura Page)

Morken pictures this three-stanza arrangement as a musical journey that reflects the lyrics. In the first stanza, the Christian meditates on truth. In the second stanza, a crisis makes life difficult. But by the end of the stanza, the Christian returns to God’s truth and enters the final stanza with joy and security in Christ.

Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major: III. Scherzo

Antonín Dvořák

Morken performed this piece alongside Charis Dwire and Emily Goldfuss on violins, Lydia Moore on the viola, and Lucas Moffitt on the cello. The conversation between the instruments demonstrates Dvořák’s skill for writing for a variety of instruments.

7 Variations on “God Save the King”

Ludwig van Beethoven

Having loved Beethoven’s music since childhood, Morken knew that she would have to feature him in the recital in some form. She first discovered this piece while taking Form and Analysis with Dr. Ledgerwood in her junior year. She dedicated this performance both to Beethoven and to Dr. Ledge.