Together with my friend Audrey Mei—cellist, novelist, Rolfer, and all-round mensch extraordinaire—I played a concert for a few guests in my living room in December 2008. I grew up hearing chamber music played by my mother Janet Chapple, cellist, and her musician colleagues in Providence, Rhode Island on our family’s Steinway grand. Both in college and in grad school, I rehearsed and performed with piano trios and accompanied many string players, woodwinds and brass players. I love making music together with other gifted musicians.
Audrey and I played sonatas by Beethoven and Shostakovich, as well as Bach solo on the cello, and Nikolai Kapustin’s Suite in the Old Style on piano. These are the first two movements of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 4-movement Sonata in D minor, Op. 40: Allegro non troppo and Allegro.