Mark Valenti
Mission Statement      Teaching      Performing      Master Class

Performing
I believe a performance should be first and foremost fresh, spontaneous and alive. I do NOT believe in a planned, prepared, 'definitive' interpretation.

Like playing a Ouija board, my preference is to let the music lead me wherever it wants to go.

Call it Zenpiano if you like.

REPERTOIRE PERFORMED

J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Italian Concerto (1735)
Toccata in G major (1719)
Preludes from WTC BK. II (1740)
     #3 in C sharp major
     #11 in F major
     #14 in F sharp minor
     #16 in G minor
Prelude in G Major, BWV 902 (1720)
15 Two-part Inventions (1723)
Chorale Preludes (Busoni trans.)
     Non Komm herr Heiden Leden
     Ich Ruff zu Dir

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Sonatas (1752-55)
      E major Andante Comodo, K. 380 - L. 23
      F minor Andante Cantabile, K. 446 - L. 118
      C major Allegro, K. 159 - L. 104

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Sonata in G major, Hob. XVI:40 (1784)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Fantasy In D minor, K. 397 (1782)
Rondo in D major, K. 485 (1786)
Rondo in A minor, K. 511 (1787)
Sonata in C major, K. 330 (1778)
Sonata in B flat major, K. 570 (1789)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Sonata No. 7 in D major, op. 10 no. 3 (1798)
Sonata No. 8 in C minor, op. 13 (1798)
Sonata No. 28 in A major, op. 101 (1816)
Sonata No. 30 in E major, op. 109 (1820)
Sonata no. 31 in A flat major, op. 110 (1822)
Bagatelles op. 126 (1824)

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Sonata in A minor, op. 42 (1825)
Sonata in A major, op. 120 (1825)
Impromptu in E flat major, op. 90 no. 2 (1827)

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1850)
Variations Sérieuses, op. 54 (1841)

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
Ballade no. 2 in F major, op. 38 (1839)
Ballade no. 3 in A flat major, op. 47 (1841)
Impromptu no. 2 in F sharp major, op. 36 (1839)
Nocturnes (1830-33)
     E flat major, op. 9 no. 2
     B major, op. 9 no. 3
     F sharp major, op. 15 no. 2
     G minor, op. 15 no. 3
     B major, op. 32 no. 1
     E major, op. 62 no. 2
Mazurkas (1827-39)
     F sharp minor, op. 6 no. 1
     A minor, op. 7 no. 2
     A minor, op. 17 no. 4
     E minor, op. 41 no. 2
Preludes op. 28 (1836-39)
     #1 in C major
     #3 in G major
     #4 in E minor
     #10 in C sharp minor
     #15 in D flat major
     #18 in F minor
     #22 in G minor
Etudes (1829-36)
     #12 in C minor, op. 10 no. 12
     #13 in A flat major, op. 25 no. 1
     #19 in C sharp minor, op. 25 no. 7

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Arabesque, op. 18 (1839)
Romance in F sharp major, op. 28 (1839)

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Ballade in D minor, op. 10 no. 1 (1856)
Rhapsodie in B minor, op. 79 no. 1 (1880)
Intermezzo in B flat minor, op. 117 (1892)
Intermezzo in A major, op. 118 (1892)
Rhapsodie in E flat major, op. 119 (1892)

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Etudes for the Left Hand Alone, op. 135 (1912)
      Prélude
      Moto perpetuo
      Élégie
      Alla fuga

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
L'isle joyeuse (1904)
Estampes (1903)
      Pagodes
      La soiree dans Grenade
      Jardins sous la pluie
Images Book I (1905)
      Reflets dans l'eau
      Hommage à Rameau
      Mouvement
Images, Book II (1907)
      Cloches à travers les feuilles
      Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut
      Poissons d'or
Preludes (1910-12)
      Bk. I #5 (...Les collines d'Anacapri)
      Bk. I #6 (...Des pas sur la neige)
      Bk. I #8 (...La fille aux cheveaux de lin)
      Bk. I #11 (...La danse de Puck)
      Bk. I #12 (...Minstrels)
      Bk. II #4 (..."Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses")
      Bk. II #5 (...Bruyères)
      Bk. II #6 (...General Lavine - eccentric)
      Bk. II #7 (...La terrasse des audiences au claire de lune)
      Bk. II #8 (...Ondine)
      Bk. II #10 (....Canope)
      Bk. II #11 (...Les tierces alternées)
Etudes (1915)
     I. Pour les "cinq doigts" -d'après M. Czerny
     II. Pour les tierces
     IV. Pour les sixtes
     VII. Pour les degrés chromatiques
     VIII. Pour les notes répétées
     X. Pour les aggréments
     XI. Pour les arpèges composés
Children's Corner (1905)
     Dr. Gradus ad Parnassum
     Jimbo's Lullaby
     Serenade of the Doll
     The Snow is Dancing
     The Little Shepherd
     Golliwog's Cakewalk
La plus que lente (Valse) (1910)
Arabesque #1 (1888)
Clair de lune (1890)

Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
Sonata no. 5, op. 53 (1907)

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Preludes (1901-10)
     F sharp minor, op. 23 no. 1
     E flat major, op. 23 no. 6
     C minor, op. 23 no. 7
     A flat major, op. 23 no. 8
     B flat minor, op. 32 no. 2
     F major, op. 32 no. 7
     B minor, op. 32 no. 10

Charles Ives (1874-1954)
"The Alcotts" from the Concord Sonata (1919)

Bela Bartok (1881-1945)
Sonata (1926)
Suite op. 14 (1916)
Improvisations, op. 20 (1920)
Mikrokosmos (1936)
     From the Diary of a Fly
     Bulgarian Rhythm
     Thirds
     Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm
Old Dance Tunes (from 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs) (1914-18)
Roumanian Folk Dances (1915)
Roumanian Christmas Carols (1923)

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Piano Rag-Music (1919)
Tango (1940)

Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)
4 Mazurkas, op. 50 (1924-26)
      I. Sostenuto. Molto Rubato
      II. Allegremente. Poco Vivace
      III. Moderato
      VI. Vivace

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
Próle do Bébé (1918)
      Porcelain Doll
      Wooden Doll
      Witch Doll
      Paper Doll
      Rag Doll
      Clown Doll (Polichinelle)

Sergei Prokofieff (1891-1953)
Sonata no. 5 in C major, op. 135 (1923/53)
Sonata no. 7 in B flat major, op. 83 (1939-42)
Sonata no. 9 in C major, op. 103 (1947)
Visions Fugitives op. 22 (1915-17)

Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)
Le Printemps (1920)
      I. Modéré
      II. Souple
      V. Vivement
Three Rag Caprices (1922)
      Dry and Muscular
      Romance
      Precise and Nervous

Frederic Mompou (1893-1987)
Spanish Songs and Dances (1921-63)
      Song #1
      Dance #1
      Dance #3
      Dance #6

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Toccata (1928)

Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
Four Piano Blues
     Freely poetic (1947)
     Soft and languid (1934)
     Muted and sensuous (1948)
     With bounce (1926)

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Regard de la Vierge from Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus (1944)

Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
Sonata (1948)
Un poco allegro from Excursions (1944)

Jon Fisher (b. 1969)
Three Pieces (1998)
     legato-freely
     tempo rubato
     ritmico


Sample Programs

TYPICAL ECLECTIC
Images Bk. II - Debussy
3 pieces - Jon Fisher (b. 1969)
Variations Serieuses - Mendelssohn
4 Mazurkas - Szymanowski
Sonata no. 5 - Scriabin

VIRTUOSO
Sonata no. 7 - Prokofieff
4 Etudes - Debussy
Sonata no. 28 op. 101 - Beethoven
Ballade no. 2 - Chopin

ALL DEBUSSY
Estampes
Images Bk. I
Images Bk. II
L'isle joyeuse
4 Etudes

POPULAR
Italian Concerto - Bach
Sonata in A op. 120 - Schubert
4 preludes - Rachmaninoff
Ballade no. 3 - Chopin

ALL BARTOK
Suite op. 14
Six Bulgarian Dances
Sonata
Improvisations op. 20

TRADITIONAL
3 Sonatas - Scarlatti
Sonata In G major - Haydn
2 Rhapsodies - Brahms
Images Bk. I - Debussy
Piano Rag Music - Stravinsky

ALL PROKOFIEFF
Sonata no. 9
Visions Fugitives 1-10
II & III from Sonata no. 5
Sonata no. 7

ALL AMERICAN
The Alcotts - Ives
4 Piano Blues - Copland
Sonata - Barber
2 pieces - Stefan Wolpe
3 Pieces - Jon Fisher