Ted Shistle, bassoon
Angelo Goderre, viola
Rose Shlyam Grace, piano
- Lein: Fanfare (Oboe & Viola)
- Lein: The Prayer (Oboe, Viola & Piano)-PREMIERE
- Loeffler: Two Rhapsodies for Oboe, Viola & Piano
No. 1. L’Étang (The Pond) — No. 2. La Cornemuse (The Bagpipe)
- Previn: Trio for Oboe, Bassoon & Piano
Lively - Slow - Jaunty
PROGRAM NOTES by Edward Lein, Music Librarian
Florida native Edward Lein (b. 1955) holds master's degrees in Music and Library Science from Florida State University. Early in his career he appeared throughout his home state as tenor soloist in recitals, oratorios and dramatic works, and drawing on this performance experience the majority of his early compositions are vocal and choral works. Following performances of pieces by the Jacksonville Symphony, including Meditation for cello, oboe and orchestra (premiered June 2006) and In the Bleak Midwinter (premiered December 2007), his instrumental catalog has grown largely due to requests from Symphony players for new pieces. His translations of songs and song cycles are frequently published in music program guides in North America and Great Britain, ranging from student recitals to concerts by major orchestras, including Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Utah Symphony; he also contributes articles to the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's Encore magazine. After 28 years as the Music Librarian for the City of Jacksonville, Ed retired from full-time employment in July 2014, but still produces Jacksonville Public Library's Music @ Main concert series. The brief Fanfare was composed in 2011 at the request of Jacksonville Symphony players Eric and Ellen Olson for a one-minute piece to open the San Marco Chamber Music Society's annual concert to benefit juvenile diabetes research. Prepared specially for today's concert, The Prayer is adapted from a 1997 sacred anthem for mixed voices and organ. The text of the original is by American Transcendentalist poet and clergyman Jones Very (1813-1880), and moves from a lonesome longing for divine visitation to an epiphany on the restorative power of faith.
With decided affinity to Debussy and Ravel--including a shared interest in Russian exoticism, American Jazz, and Gregorian chant--one might guess that Charles Martin Loeffler (1861-1935) was himself French. But he was born in Germany, with Russia, Hungary and Switzerland also claiming segments of his childhood. As a teenager he studied violin with Joseph Joachim (friend and advocate of Brahms) and also studied in Paris. At age 20 Loeffler moved to New York for a year before becoming assistant concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a post he retained for two decades before ultimately concentrating on teaching and composing from 1903 forward. His Two Rhapsodies for Oboe, Viola and Piano (1901) started out in 1898 as songs for bass voice, clarinet and piano on verses by the French symbolist poet Maurice Rollinat (1846-1903). L’étang (The Pond) describes a fetid pond replete with blind fish and consumptive frogs in which the moon's reflection appears as a skull, and La cornemuse (The Bagpipe) concerns the weeping groans of a haunted bagpipe. Despite the morbid themes, composer and writer Jessie Rothwell has noted a "sweetness and even cheerfulness throughout the music," further observing that "the sound of the Two Rhapsodies brings together both mysticism and folksong, French, German and American tradition, glassy, floating sonorities along with rich, Romantic harmonies."
Conductor, pianist and composer André Previn, KBE (b. 1929 or 30) ranks among the most versatile and accomplished individuals in the history of music. Born into a German-Jewish family who fled to America in 1930, Previn came to international prominence as a jazz pianist during the 1950s and is now also regarded among the world's finest classical collaborative pianists, as well as a top international orchestra conductor. With over 50 film scores to his credit, he has won four Academy Awards (plus another nine nominations), and his multitudinous recordings in various styles have garnered 10 Grammys (plus an 11th for Lifetime Achievement). Among numerous other awards, Previn is both a Kennedy Center honoree and an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. His catalog of compositions includes two operas, solo and chamber music, songs, five concertos and numerous other works for orchestra. While maintaining his jazz "cred," in his recordings of 20th and 21st-Century music Previn has mostly avoided the avant-garde in favor of more tonal composers like Prokofiev, Barber, Britten and Walton. These same sensibilities color Previn's 20-minute Trio for Piano, Oboe, and Bassoon, with hints of Poulenc, Stravinsky and Bernstein, seamlessly blended with jazz-like inspirations. Completed in 1994, the Trio was commissioned by The Orchestra of St. Luke's, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Mary Flager Cary Charitable Trust. The St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble premiered the work in 1996.
SELECTED RELATED LIBRARY RESOURCES
- 788.7 B328o 1975
The oboe : an outline of its history, development, and construction / Philip Bate.
- 788.8 L287b 1971
The bassoon and contrabassoon / Lyndesay G. Langwill.
- 787.1071 M549v 1976
Violin and viola / Yehudi Menuhin and William Primrose .
- 780.92 P944n 1991
No minor chords : my days in Hollywood / André Previn.