Fergus Black

music teacher and performer


Student Concerts

Student Workshop and Concert at Burghley House

Fergus Black playing the fortepiano at Burghley House
Wednesday 1st June 2011

Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)

Piano Sonata in B flat major Hob. XVI/2 (1760), first movement [Moderato]
Piano Sonata in G major Hob. XVI/6 (1766), third movement, Adagio

Piano Sonata in F major, Hob XVI/23 (1773), first movement, [Moderato]
Piano Sonata in E flat major Hob. XVI/28 (1774–76), third movement, Presto
Piano Sonata in E minor: Hob. XVI/34 (1774-76), last movement, Vivace
Piano Sonata in b minor, Hob XVI/32 (c.1776), third movement, Presto
Piano Sonata in b minor, Hob XVI/32 (c.1776), first movement, Allegro Moderato
Piano Sonata in E major Hob XVI/31 (1776), first movement, Moderato
Piano Sonata in C sharp minor Hob XVI/36 (1780), third movement, Minuet and Trio

A Pastoral Song (from Six Original Canzonets - First Set, 1794)
Erblikke hier, betörter Mensch (from Die Jahreszeiten, The Seasons, Hob XXI/3, 1801)
She Never Told Her Love (from Six Original Canzonets - Second Set, 1795)

Local music teacher, Fergus Black, has arranged today’s workshop for his students. Burghley House has an eighteenth-century piano dating from 1788, by the London firm of Longman and Broderip - not household names today, but Haydn was so impressed with their pianos when he visited London in the 1790’s that he took one back with him to Vienna. Visitors to the house can hear the students perform selections of Haydn’s music.

Fergus Black teaches piano and singing at Stamford School and Bourne Grammar School, as well as privately. He said: “Anyone who plays Haydn’s music on an instrument of the period, is forced to reconsider how they play it - the instrument is smaller, and more delicate than modern pianos: it has a shorter key-fall, and no pedals. More care is needed with touch and articulation, and since the ability to vary the volume of sound was a new thing when the piano was invented, players will want to take full advantage of being able to do that. I am very grateful to the House Director and her staff for allowing us access to this historic instrument.”