A foundationalist turns to the piano
Harvey M. Friedman
HARVEY M. FRIEDMAN
DISTINGUISHED UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS, PHILOSOPHY AND COMPUTER SCIENCE AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY IN COLUMBUS, OHIO, USA
PUBLIC LECTURE • CONCERT • PERFORMANCE
Wednesday, 6 July 2011, 8:00 pm / Sunday, 10 July 2011, 8:00 pm
Harvey M. Friedman is Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics, Philosophy, and Computer Science at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where he has also been affiliated with the School of Music.
Friedman follows The Foundational Life, which focuses on fundamental investigations into the essence of diverse areas of thought. Friedman is best known for his work in the Foundations of Mathematics.
Over the years, Friedman, an essentially self‐taught pianist, has been engaged in the creation of purely mental piano performances. He has created a 27 minute CD, which is a “copy” of his purely mental performances of a range of piano works including four Chopin Preludes, Beethoven’s Fur Elise, Mendelssohn’s Spinning Song, Paderewski’s Minuet in G, and The Ohio State University football song Across The Field.
The 27 minute CD was created through dozens of hours of micro editing on a computer system, involving virtually endless repeated mental performances of musical phrases and larger musical structures that are meticulously matched with computer displays. All detailed musical decisions are made by Friedman.
After this adventure, Friedman noticed a mysterious dramatic improvement in his regular piano playing – at age 60, with very little in the way of physical practice. Friedman has added modest doses of physical practice time, limited by his active Foundational Life, resulting in ongoing dramatic improvements. These improvements include all aspects of finger technique, as well as creative musical imagination.
Friedman will begin with a lecture on mental piano performance. He will discuss piano playing and recording, including piano technique, piano expression, and microstructure, with help from the Clavinova hooked up to his laptop. After the lecture, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.
The lecture/performance will be followed by a piano recital:
Johann Sebastian Bach
Jesus bleibet meine Freude, Im Arrangement von Myra Hess
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Türkischer Marsch (Rondo alla Turca), aus der Klaviersonate Nr. 11 in A‐ Dur, KV 331
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata Pathétique, Klaviersonate Nr. 8 in c‐Moll, Op. 13
1. Grave ‐ 2. Adagio Cantabile ‐ 3. Allegro
Impromptu in Ges Dur, Op. 90, Nr. 3
Nocturne in Es dur, Op.9, Nr. 2
Walzer in Es dur, Op.10
Minutenwalzer in Des‐Dur, Op.64, Nr. 1
Walzer in C‐Moll, Op.64, Nr. 2
Walzer in As‐Dur, Op.64, Nr. 3
Fantasy Impromptu, C‐Moll, Op.66