Recitals 2017-02-11T21:49:37+00:00

Recitals

All of Robert Wyatt’s recitals are presented in a narrative performance format. Programs take approximately 90 minutes with intermission. A tuned grand piano is required.

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RECITALS

Steinway artist Robert Wyatt delights audiences with a rare blend of pianistic savvy and engaging storytelling that makes each performance a creative event. His recitals have garnered sterling reviews nationwide.

Whether you like classical or jazz, Broadway melodies or ragtime, Robert Wyatt’s recitals are sure to please your audience. View the descriptions of some of the programs below.

Recitals
  • All of Robert Wyatt’s recitals are presented in a narrative performance format.
  • Programs take approximately 90 minutes with intermission.
  • A tuned grand piano is required.

Gershwin, By George!

  • RIALTO RIPPLES

    Gershwin’s first published piano piece was co-written by Will Donaldson, a fellow Tin Pan Alley “song-plugger.”

  • 2 UNPUBLISHED PIANO PIECES

    Inspired by the premiere of the Rhapsody in Blue, Gershwin penned a series of pieces which might have been sketches for a cycle of preludes.

  • THREE-QUARTER BLUES

    Also known as the Irish Waltz, this might have been the piece that Gershwin “pulled out of his pocket” to entice interesting female acquaintances.

  • GEORGE GERSHWIN’S SONGBOOK

    Published by Simon and Schuster in 1932, the eighteen improvisations are masterworks of improvisational genius.

  • 6 PIANO PRELUDES

    Although Gershwin published three piano preludes in 1927, he wrote at least seven. Robert Wyatt discovered two “Novelettes” in 1987, combining them with a third unpublished piece, “Sleepless Night,” and the well-known published works.

  • RHAPSODY IN BLUE

    The solo version of the composition that made George Gershwin an American icon on February 12, 1924.

Ragtime to Riches Program

  • MAPLE LEAF RAG

    Although Scott Joplin sold a few ragtime pieces prior to 1899, it was the Maple Leaf Rag which brought him instant fame and fortune.

  • BETHENA—A CONCERT WALTZ

    Joplin’s finest waltz, Bethena is a fully syncopated ragtime waltz with five different themes, each with a separate tonality.

  • THE ENTERTAINER

    Immortalized in the classic film, The Sting, this ragtime march was Joplin’s most successful product from the banner year 1902.

  • SOLACE

    Joplin’s move to New York City in 1907 heralded new compositional styles, readily evidenced in the seductive tango-serenade Solace, his only venture into that dance form.

  • SUNFLOWER SLOW DRAG

    A teacher as well as a composer/player, Joplin sometimes partnered with his most successful students, as in this rag with Scott Hayden.

  • RIALTO RIPPLES

    Gershwin’s first published piano piece was co-written by Will Donaldson, a fellow Tin Pan Alley “song-plugger.”

  • 3 PRELUDES FOR PIANO

    The three piano preludes, Gershwin’s only published concert pieces for solo piano, are brilliant examples of the jazz idiom applied to classical form.

  • “SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME”

    A zesty piano transcription of Gershwin’s piano roll recording of a tune eventually scored as a ballad for Gertrude Lawrence in the show Oh, Kay!

  • RHAPSODY IN BLUE

    The solo version of the composition that made George Gershwin an American icon on February 12, 1924.

Classical Program

  • TRADITIONAL REPERTOIRE

    Piano pieces are performed from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century periods. Sample programs are furnished upon request.

PIANO STORYTELLING

“Wyatt gave us a glimpse of why Gershwin in so wonderful. His playing is scholarly, refined, sensitive and evocative. He kept the audience in the palm of his hand and was saluted by a standing ovation.”
– The Cape Cod Times

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