Sonata Mulattica: A Conversation with Rita Dove

Join Rita Dove, poet, writer, and former United States Poet Laureate, for a conversation with Robinson McClellan, Assistant Curator of Music, inspired in part by the Morgan’s collection. Dove’s deeply researched and vividly imagined book Sonata Mulattica is a biography in verse of the nineteenth-century violinist and composer George Bridgetower. Known in part as the original dedicatee of Beethoven’s iconic “Kreutzer” violin sonata, Bridgetower’s long career spanned a pivotal age, from the eighteenth-century palace of Prince Esterhazy to mid-nineteenth-century London.

Please note that the program will take place online. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to participate using Zoom. We ask that you download the app in advance for the best user experience.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 5 pm

Tickets: Free; limited availability, advance registration is required.

Rita Dove. Photography by Fred Viebahn.
Unidentified artist, nineteenth century, George Polgreen Bridgetower (ca. 1778–1860), watercolor on paper. Mary Flagler Cary Music Collection, 1973. CMP B851

Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail for information.