CONWAY — “Inventions and Impromptus” is the Mountain Top Music Center’s First-Friday Concert at the Majestic Theatre in Conway this month on Sept. 2.
Executive Director George Wiese joins faculty member Ellen Schwindt to present a program of mostly piano music. Schwindt will play a series of J.S. Bach two-part inventions interspersed with her own improvisations inspired by them. Audience members will get to guess which pieces are Bach and which are improvisations. Wiese will perform “Impromptus” by Brahms and Schubert, two composers of romantic piano literature with beautiful melody lines. Schwindt will play a piece by 20th century composer Germaine Tailleferre that complements this style.
Despite the 18th and 19th century composer’s names on the program, much of the music is light and listenable — Wiese has included pieces by Peter Schickele, otherwise known as P.D.Q. Bach, from the notebook of Betty Sue Bach.
Wiese and Schwindt join forces on violin and piano to perform a baroque piece mis-attributed to Bach. The piece was written by Francesco Antonio Bonporti. This piece, a lovely example of baroque writing for the violin, is organized in two segments with a slow movement and a fast movement. It’s approachable structure will book-end the…