Fortepianist Leslie Tung, professor emeritus of music at Kalamazoo College, has made good use of of his personal time after retiring from the faculty at Kalamazoo College after over 30 years. Still actively teaching, he now finds he has the energy to devote to playing his own fortepiano, resulting in a new album, Theme and Variations: Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn. It was recently released by the MSR Classics label.
Tung talks to Cara Lieurance about his long-term fascination with the instrument, its unique sound, and the possibilities that are still being discovered in the components and expression of the fortepiano.
His new album focuses on three sets of variations by three great composers: Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart.