Light-hearted listening pleasure in kronach

Light-hearted listening pleasure in Kronach

The name of the ensemble was inspired by the Latin word spirare (to breathe, to breathe, to live). The quartet consists of four musicians who are active in the Kronach, Coburg and Bamberg area in a variety of artistic and pedagogical ways. They are united by the joy of making music together as well as the desire to rediscover rather seldom played works.

On the program of the Kronach concert are extremely rarely played original compositions, where the sound color variety of the different woodwind instruments comes to full development both in contrast and in the fusion with the piano. So the concert promises surprisingly fresh listening experiences.

The three-talk – cheerful and lively in the melody – by Johann Valentin Hamm lets you feel the charm of the so-called spa music. In addition to his work in the Wurzburg theater orchestra, Hamm was concertmaster of the Kissingen spa orchestra since 1855. In this position he composed many works for the spa music, which should have a therapeutic effect on the psyche of the sick people.

Surprising turn

The Concertino by Ernest Bloch was commissioned by the New York Juilliard School of Music. The concert features the chamber music version for flute, clarinet and piano. The first movement Allegro commodo begins with a flowing section combining mild dissonant piano chords and a melody performed by the clarinet and flute. The second movement, Andante, is composed in the style of a Bach passacaglia. The third movement Allegro, a “Fugue humoresque”, begins with an introduction for piano. The clarinet enters with the gigue theme of a fugue, joined by the flute and piano. Bloch concludes with a surprising turn called giocosamente (playful): The meter changes from 4/4 to 2/4 in an unruly polka.

Jean-Michel Damase was a French composer and pianist. His music in the late impressionist style combines grace and brilliant wit. The essential simplicity of his writing meant that he did not receive much attention in his time. Although he was prolific, little of his music is known outside France. He composed his Quatuor for flute, oboe, clarinet and piano in 1992 for the flutist Ransom Wilson, with whom he was friends. An expressive Moderato is followed by a teasingly virtuosic Allegretto. A wonderfully nostalgic Adagio is heard before an Allegro with an enormous number of meter changes ends the quartet.

Virtuoso play

Ernesto Cavallini was principal clarinetist at La Scala in Milan and inspired Giuseppe Verdi to write a clarinet solo and cadenza for his opera La forza del destino. The operatic terzetto offers the four musicians many opportunities for virtuoso playing and the audience light-hearted, cheerful listening pleasure.

By Johan Amberg, a Danish violinist and composer, the Suite for flute, oboe, clarinet and piano from the year 1905 is heard. The three-movement work begins with a Seguedille, a Spanish dance. The movement is based on a poem by the French poet Jules Bois. The poem describes how a gypsy girl with nimble fingers stole a man’s heart and then disappeared. The Second Movement” Devant la Cathedrale” begins with the ringing of the bells in the piano, again and again the bells return, but each time they become softer, as if moving into the distance. The wind instruments enter each movement with a full sound, then fade away. This music is mysterious and beautiful. With the last movement Village Dance all dull thoughts disappear. At the beginning, light French “Salon” is heard -Music, whereupon the clarinet intones a jazz theme, into which the other instruments fall.

With the foundation of the “Societe des instruments à vent” – so the “Society for Wind Instruments – The most important wind works of the time were premiered in Paris between 1871 and 1900.

Camille Saint-Saens, the grand seigneur of late Romanticism in Paris, also followed the activities of the new society with great attention. Thus he wrote the Caprice sur des airs danois et russes op. 79 for the musicians of the “Societe, who in 1887 gave several concerts in St. Petersburg gave.

In the Caprice, the various shades and nuances of the woodwind palette are wonderfully expressed: both the expressive and the melancholy sides are heard in alternation with sparkling passages of the piano. The lower register of the clarinet and oboe is often used to great effect in the articulation of authentic Russian and Danish melodies. The tempo is variable, ranging from lively, energetic passages to slow, expressive, improvisatory themes in duple and triple time with both solo and ensemble instrumentation.

Tickets for this exciting and colorful evening of chamber music are available at the box office at a price of 16 euros (reduced rate eight euros). As usual, admission is free for pupils and students.

For information on subscriptions, please contact the Vhs Kronach (phone 09261/606012, e-mail [email protected] ). Further information about the concerts at www.kronach-klassik.en/music ring.html

Regina Bubmann (flute) was engaged in the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Landestheater Coburg from 1998 to 2012 and is currently an instrumental teacher at the Gymnasium Albertinum in Coburg and at the Kreismusikschule Bamberg.

Danielle Maheux (oboe) teaches at the vocational school and music school in Kronach and at the Gymnasium Albertinum in Coburg. Danielle Maheux has also played in the Coburg Philharmonic Orchestra and is as much in demand as a chamber musician as she is as a soloist, with a repertoire that ranges from baroque to tango to new music.

Birgit Eichstadter (clarinet) has been teaching at the vocational school and music school in Kronach since 1990, and also at the Gymnasium Albertinum in Coburg. In addition to her teaching activities, she intensively cultivates chamber music and has participated in numerous premieres of the Coburg Chamber Music Association, which have also been documented by the Bavarian Radio.

Claudia Habram (piano) studied to become a teacher for grammar schools at the University of Music Wurzburg with a special focus on her main subject piano. She currently works as a music and piano teacher at the Gymnasium Albertinum in Coburg. Her musical activities include regular concert work as a soloist and chamber music partner, as well as conducting various choirs.

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