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Coronado Music Fesival, Gerald Robbins

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Posted: Friday, October 4, 2019 4:25 pm

Too few Coronadans attended the special performance of Gerald Robbins at the Winn Room , Saturday, Sept.. 21. It was a performance worthy of the finest music venues of the world, right here in Coronado, all for free. Celebrating Beehoven’s birth, Mr. Robbins chose to perform three of Beethoven’s more familiar sonatas.

It happens that the scores of the three are beside my piano, and I have been working on them for many years. I doubt my neighbors would recognize them. The marked dynamics are from fortissimo (double ff) to pianissimo (double pp). Robbins coaxed wondrous effects from the rather small piano in the Winn Room.

I was especially pleased with Robbins’ second movement of the Pathetique Sonata marked Adagio cantabile. It is warm, in A-flat, and very melodic. Even I can play it.

There followed thunderous parts, full of intricate fingering, superbly played.

Besides the Pathetique, Robbins played the sonata known as Moonlight, and the Appassionata.

You should have been there.

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