Beethoven Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111 – This is the last of Beethoven’s Sonatas and his most profound statement among his piano works. A sonata in which the spiritual and earthly realms meet so movingly, it ends with a starry trill, a descent back to earth a final statement of simple eloquence.
Steven has enjoyed a long friendship and professional association with the composer Justin Dello Joio. These two etudes were commissioned by the New York Music Teachers Association and composed under the auspices of a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. Steven Masi premiered them in 2001 in Syracuse, New York, and the first of the two etudes is dedicated to him.
The fourth and final Scherzo has the most “scherzo-like” quality of the four. A late work, it has the elements of Chopin’s late style; startling counterpoint and and a meeting of intimacy and grandeur. The middle section is heartbreakingly beautiful.