Wedding music concert filmed in the historic Methodist Church in Brandon, Vermont. The impressive pipes belong to the 1935 Hook and Hastings Co. organ. It was the company's third to last organ ever made. Their demise was due, in part, to the Great Recession of the 1930's.
Wilderness Cello 4th of July Vacation Week Concert
J.J.F. Dotzauer (1783-1860)
Study #5 and #13
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Clair de Lune (from Suite bergamasque)
Born: May 7, 1833 Hamburg, Germany
Died: April 3, 1897 Vienna, Germany
Andante from the Piano Quartet in c minor, op. 60
Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Allegro Vivace from
Violincello and Piano Sonata #3 in A Major, op.69
From the Romantic exuberance that left nothing unsaid,
Debussy sought refuge in an art of indirection,
subtle and discreet.
One of the important piano composers, he created
a distinctive new style of writing for the instrument.
Clair de Lune was the most popular piece he ever wrote.
Beethoven created the music of a heroic age, and
in accents never to be forgotten proclaimed its
faith in the power of man to shape his destiny.
Once, in a rage, Beethoven wrote, "Prince! What
you are, you are through the accident of birth.
What I am, I am through my own efforts. There have
been many princes, and there will be thousands
more. But there is only one Beethoven!"
Brahms first important chamber music works came
comparatively early in his career. He wrote the
Piano Quartet in c minor at age 31. In greater degree
than any of his contemporaries Brahms captured the
tone of intimate communion that is the essence of
chamber music style.
Brahms' aim was to show that new and important
things could still be said in the tradition of the
Classical masters. His four symphonies are
unsurpassed in the late Romantic period for
breadth of conception and design.
refs. Encyclopedia of the Great Composers and Their
Music, Milton Cross, The Enjoyment of Music,
Resurrection -- Easter Concert Wilderness Cello April 2022
Beau Soir, arranged by Arthur Hartmann
Justus J.F. Dotzauer
Study #22 Allegro non troppo in e minor
Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte
(Composed in 1899 for piano)
Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto for Viola and Orchestra in G Major
Claude Debussy "was the incomparable painter of mystery,
silence, and the infinite, of the passing cloud, and the
sunlit shimmer of the waves- subtleties which none before
him had been capable of suggesting." -Henri Prunieres
In cafes, Debussy met Symbolist poet Stephane mallarme,
and the Impressionist painters Manet and Renoir. He now
"tried to approximate in music what the Symbolists and
Impressionists were doing in poetry and art." The
Symbolist movement was a reaction to Romanticism and a
precursor to twentieth-century Abstractionism. Debussy
attempted a one-act opera on Symbolist Edgar Allen Poe's
Le Diable Dans Le Bellfroi (1901-1912), but never
Debussy is best known for his two books of piano
"Preludes", 1909-10 and 1911-13.
Ironically enough, the very ethereality that characterizes
Debussy's music makes it difficult to put into writing a
concrete list of achievements, as it is the mood that lingers, not the message.
Justus J.F. Dotzauer was the founder of the school for
cello in Dresden, Germany. His pupils were F. A. Kummer
and Karl Drechsler. A critical force in cello pedagogy,
he wrote 200 etudes and exercises.
I hope to perform some of these studies as stand-alone
solo pieces, akin to the Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites.
Maurice Ravel "was a brilliant student at the Paris
Conservatory. His compositorial technique had an almost
virtuoso quality, as he used rhythm, instrumentation,
melodic development, harmonic color, and counterpoint
with stunning effect."
Although often compared, I couldn't find that Debussy and
Ravel knew each other, though they had the same friends,
were Parisian and missed each other at the Paris
Conservatory by only 5 years.
Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte and Jeux D'eau "helped
introduce a new technique of producing sonorities and
colors for the piano (particularly in the upper register)
which influenced even Debussy in all his later writings
A contemporary of Bach and Vivaldi, Georg Philipp
Telemann was the most prolific composer of the first half
of the 18th century. He wrote everything; opera, cantatas,
masses, Passions, orchestra and chamber music and songs.
Ironically, he withdrew his application to the post of
Kantor of St. Thomas, Leipzig, paving the way for the
appointment of J.S. Bach.
The delightful and energetic Viola Concerto written in the
resonant key of G major is a gem in this instrument's
literature. It translates nicely to the cello one octave
refs. Encyclopedia of the Great Composers and Their Music,
Milton Cross, Cello Story, Markevitch, The Oxford
Companion to Music, ed. by Alison Latham
Wilderness Cello February 22, 2022
Le Cygne (The Swan)
from Carnival of the Animals
Born: October 9, 1835, Paris October 9, 1835
Died: December 16, 1921, Algiers
Ludwig van Beethoven
Born: December 1770, Bonn
Died: March 26, 1827, Vienna
Sonata Op.5 Nr.2
for Violoncello and Piano
In g minor
Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo
Allegro molto più tosto presto
Filippo D. Marchetti
Born: 26 February 1831, Bolognola, Macerata
Died: 18 January 1902, Rome
Italian opera composer
Beethoven's two-hundred-fiftieth birthday was in 2020.
Ironically, the planned year for Beethoven celebrations
were quashed in the name of that which he most detested,
"Freedom, the right of the creative ego to assert itself
unhampered, was a religion with him. When he filled his
music with a profound humanity, he was the son of the
French Revolution, the true democrat, who believed
passionately in the equality of man and who identified
himself with mankind's struggles. 'I, too, am King'
was his credo."
The Sonata Op.5 Nr.2 for cello and piano was composed in 1796.
"We are indebted to Beethoven for introducing the era
of the true sonata for two instruments... true dialog
Saint-Saëns had "a restless intellect and prodigious
capacity for work. He studied astronomy, physics and
natural history. He wrote books on philosophy,
literature, painting, and the theater. He produced
poetry and a play. He wrote critical essays and mastered
several languages. He visited virtually every country
in the world."
The Carnival of Animals, subtitled 'A Grand Zoological
Fantasy' was written exclusively for his own
entertainment. He neither permitted it to be published
nor performed it while he was alive... except for
Le Cygne (The Swan).
Milton Cross, Encyclopedia of the Great
Composers and Their Music
Dimitry Markevitch, Cello Story
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