Aug 24 2017, 17:00
This 4th concert of CUF's 2017 festival season is a brass quintet set in Three Dog Winery's sloped wildflower field adjacent to its vineyard (rustic-outdoors). At the slope's top, Three Dog Winery's tasting room and outdoor stone-fired pizza-oven gatekeep access, and they and a bottom-slope wine table will satisfy pre- or in-concert peckishness.
Location: Three Dog Winery,
The earlier-than-normal start time will dramatically reduce mosquitoes, but do come prepared with repellent. This is an outdoor venue, so bring a blanket or chairs to sit on.
Time: Fair-weather field 'opens' at 16:00, concert at 17:00. Wine-tasting and eating areas open from noon onwards. Bad-weather winery-barn-venue opens at 16:00, concert at 17:00 (wine-tasting open from noon onwards).
Your musicians. The 5 musicians performing in all pieces comprise a quintet specially assembled for you:
- Karen Donnelly, trumpet
- Steven van Gulik, trumpet
- Nicholas Hartman, horn
- David Pell, trombone
- Sasha Johnson, tuba
The 3 programme sets take you on a migration from: historic, period-specific brass reaches into playful melodies and rhythms; to folk-inspired brass renderings of earthy, pastoral wanderings and pleasures; to "kickin' it live" in a testament to living assertively and fulfilled.
Anon: Sonata from Die Bankelsangerlieder
- A lively, ebullient opener from the renaissance period. Historically, die bankelsangerlieder (the bench singer) was an itinerant musician performing at local taverns/saloons/pubs, standing on a bench. There is a back-and-forth sharing of the melody with groups of instruments, almost antiphonal (a phrase played alternately by 2 groups).
JS Bach: Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 (Little Fugue)
- Bach wrote this organ piece during his years at Arnstadt (1703-1707). It is one of his best known fugues, and has been arranged for other instrumentations. The fugue is in four voices, and its four-and-a-half measure subject is one of Bach's most recognizable tunes: an "imitation between two voices on an eighth note upbeat figure that first leaps up a fourth and then falls back down one step at a time" (you are brought up, then contemplatively ratcheted down).
Ludwig Maurer: Three Selections for Brass
- Maurer was a 19th century German/Russian composer, conductor, and violinist. In 1802, he debuted in Berlin, then studied in Latvia, then emigrated to Russia at age 17 for most of the rest of his life. A lovely representation of period brass styles in traditional fast-slow-fast contrasting movements.
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Howard Cable: A Newfoundland Sketch
- A light, whimsical medley of well known songs from Newfoundland from recently deceased Howard Cable. Cable was a Canadian conductor, arranger, music director, composer, and radio and television producer.
Malcolm Forsyth: Golyardes' Ground(e)
- Forsyth described this as "a little pastiche I put together in two days back in 1972". Golyardes were wandering minstrels of the Middle Ages, and a grounde is a repeated melodic pattern (usually) in the bass voice while up above a variety of thematic ideas are toyed with. Forsyth's grounde consists of four notes in a descending scale pattern: the piece begins seriously, then kicks up its heels into fun and ridicule.
Scott Irvine: Morning Song (LCCS)
- "In 1988-89 I composed Aubade for Trumpet and Organ. With the formation of True North Brass in 1997, I decided to adapt Aubade into a brass quintet, spreading the melody around the group and making it less of a trumpet solo. Over the years, it has been described as having a delicately transparent quality and a mood of wistful nostalgia, and some have even suggested it is a musical depiction of a sunrise on an Ontario lake."
Morley Calvert: Suite from the Monteregian Hills
- Calvert was a 20th century conductor, bandmaster and composer born in Brantford, Ontario, and with a career that included the founding of Montreal's Monteregian Music Camp, and founding and directing Montreal's Lakeshore Concert Band. The Monteregian Hills are mountains which arc from Montreal's Mount Royal to the American border: this Suite follows suit, and is based on French-Canadian folk-songs.
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Leonard Bernstein: from West Side Story
- Select excerpts including "Maria, I Feel Pretty" and "Somewhere"
Sonny Kompanek: Killer Tango
- Tap your toes and snap your fingers to this tango that packs latin riffs and licks, and a latin kick.
Lady Gaga arr. by B. Ridenour: Bad Romance
- Brass rules! ...Even when challenged by the "Queen of Pop".