With his “Masterworks from Vienna” recital, pianist Dr. Larry Scully plans to perform Mozart’s “Fantasie in D minor,” Schubert’s Sonata in D Major, and Beethoven’s “Rage Over the Lost Penny.”
Scheduled for Thursday evening, this marks Scully’s 26th annual faculty recital.
“My teacher always said to play repertoire that your students can’t or don’t play,” Scully said of selecting works for a faculty recital. “This is the first time in my career that I’m playing an all classical period program. Every program I do is different and we are blessed as pianists with such an enormous amount of repertoire from the great composers.”
In addition to the Viennese connection, Scully sought works that complemented one another.
“I wanted to feature a large Schubert Sonata, so I chose two other contrasting works by Mozart and Beethoven,” Scully says. “One is an example of Mozart’s improvisatory style, and the other just a fun piece by Beethoven.”
Beethoven has loomed large in Scully’s recitals. In the early 2000s, he played a series that included Beethoven’s 32 sonatas. Even having accomplished that major feat, Scully tries including something from Beethoven in each recital.
“He’s a staple of our piano repertoire,” Scully says. “I always try to put something by Bach, Beethoven or Brahms on my recitals — unless it’s all 20th century music or something like that.”
As for a favorite work in this recital or at all, Scully refuses to choose.
“I stopped selecting favorite repertoire years ago,” he says. “Like Andrew Zimmern says, ‘if it looks good — eat it!’ So I say, ‘If I like the work — I’ll play it!”
Dr. Larry Scully’s 26th Annual VSU Faculty Piano Recital is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, Whitehead Auditorium, VSU Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood. Admission: Free.