Thursday, April 6, 2017

When your professor is away: Listening Party 2

Yesterday we had our second listening party while Prof. Manning was away on his solo tour.

Here are the list of what we listened to!

Anna chose for us - J.S. Bach: Fugue in D minor (Original in G minor) Arr. Mexi
performed by Budapest Festival Horn Quartet which comprise of Miklos Nagy, Laszio Rakos, Laszio Gal, Tibor Maruzsa. 

This piece is an arrangement of J.S. Bach's "Little" Fugue in G minor BMV.578 into a more fitting key for horn in D minor performed flawlessly by the Budapest Festival Horn Quartet. They are no stranger to the horn world. The member are from the Budapest Festival Orchestra found by Ivan Ficsher. I will talk about them in more detail in the next post.

Kenken played Benjamin Blasko's Victory Fanfare performed by Tromba Mundi with Messiah College Wind Ensemble conducted by Bradley Genevro.

This piece is for solo trumpet ensemble with wind ensemble. This Fanfare is a good opening song for any program. It could also be a good showpiece of any ensembles that have a good trumpet section as well.

Here is the link to the piece!

Marc presented Karel Husa's Divertimento for Brass and Percussion performend by University of North Texas Brass Choir conducted by Eugene Migliaro Corporan.

This divertimento consists of four movements: I. Overture II. Scherzo III. Song IV. Slovak Dance. It is composed for 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, 1 Tuba, and 2 Percussion. Marc told us that there is also a version for Brass Quintet.

Here is the first movement.

Evan played for us a very interesting piece. Ellen Taffe Zwillich composed Clarino Quartet for Piccolo Trumpet, Eb Trumpet, and 2 C Trumpets. The recording performed by Thiery Gervais and (my guess) Ensemble de Cuivres et Percussions des Solistes de Paris.

The name of the piece itself already draw me in and I wonder how Zwillich Clarino's idea turn out.

Here is the recording of the piece!

Film music always has Brass moments. Caleb showed us exactly that by playing Quidditch theme from Harry Porter composed by John Williams performed by Boston Symphony Brass. Caleb also said that this is a good encore piece.

Lastly, I played Alec Wilder's Jazz Suite for Four Horns, Harpsichord, Guitar, Bass, and Drum
This piece consists of four movements: I. Horns O'Plenty II. Conversation Piece III. Serenade IV. Horn Belt Boogie.

This piece has a very interesting combination. Harpsichord for Jazz?! It is a brilliant idea and it actually fits really well to the style. To me, it sounds like harder and thicker string guitars.

This recording is performed by Charles Tibbetts, William Hovt, David Kappy, and Ricardo Almeida on Horns - Vincent Fuh on harpsichord, and Henning Backhaus on guitar, bass, and drum!


1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing Alec Wilder's "Suite" with us. He wrote a lot of interesting music that seems ignored. Maybe it is too pastiche or low brow for serious artists, but audiences love a little entertainment and oddities with their serious music. What would Satie have written in the mid-20th?