Fall 2011 concert notes

Ming Luke, Music Director


Antonio Vivaldi
Antonio Vivaldi

Antonio Vivaldi - Gloria, RV 589

 

While Antonio Vivaldi’s reputation as one of the foremost composers of the late Baroque is now secure — not least because of the perennial popularity of The Four Seasons — it is hard to believe that just a century earlier, Vivaldi’s name was unfamiliar even to most music historians. If anyone in the early 20th century knew of Vivaldi, it was only because Johann Sebastian Bach had transcribed (for harpsichord and organ) ten Vivaldi concertos for his patron, Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar. And when comparisons were made between the two composers, it was inevitably Vivaldi that suffered.

Randall Thompson
Randall Thompson

Randall Thompson - Frostiana: Seven Country Songs(composed 1959)

 

To mark the bicentennial of the incorporation of Amherst, Massachusetts the town commissioned prominent composer and educator Randall Thompson to compose a new work for the town choruses. The town decided upon a text by Robert Frost, who had spent a number of years living in Amherst. The original text, The Gift Outright , was subsequently rejected by Thompson who instead decided to compose a suite of seven separate poems by Frost, titling it Frostiana: Seven Country Songs. Thompson conducted the premier of the work October 18, 1959 with Robert Frost in attendance.


J.S. Bach

• J. S. Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major, BWV 1048

Although countless listeners consider Johann Sebastian Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos to be some of the composer’s finest compositions, it is likely — in one of many quirks of music history — that Bach never heard any of them performed.

 

Dedicated on March 24, 1721 to Christian Ludwig, the margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt, the Brandenburg Concertos represent a collection of works written when Bach was Kapellmeister, or director of music, in the principality of Cöthen. If Bach intended the set as a musical résumé of sorts for a possible position in the Margrave’s ensemble, then he failed utterly. Many scholars believe that the Margrave never even examined the score; when the Margrave died in 1734, the score sold for 24 groschen, or slightly more than $20. It was not until 1849 that the German scholar Siegfried Wilhelm Dehn unearthed the score from the Brandenburg archives.


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Concerts are held at:

St. Joseph the Worker Church

1640 Addison Street

Berkeley

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Concert Dates:
Saturday, December 3rd, 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 4th, 4:30 pm
Sunday, December 18th, 4:30 pm

 

 

Admission Free – Donations Appreciated!

 

Wheelchair accessible