Music 120 Online #2745
November 30, 2014
On November 20, 2014, I had an opportunity to watch a concert entitled “Autumn Winds” at Colburn School in Downtown Los Angeles. It was part of a monthly concert series “Rush Hour Concerts at Colburn” hosted by Gibson Dunn. Gibson Dunn is a prominent law firm whose active involvement in the community expands to all various arenas of the society through their leadership and services. Rush Hour Concert is held monthly at Thayer Hall in Colburn School located at 200 South Grand Avenue diagonally across from the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Rush Hour Concert encourages the commuters to avoid traffic with this program to unwind after a long days of work with a wine reception at 5:30 pm followed by the concert at 6:00 pm for an hour long enjoyment of delightful music from the top performing arts students of Colburn. This concert series is free admission reservation is required.
“Autumn Winds” included the following composition or pieces played in order: 1. Ricochet - Kerry Turner, 1960
2. Clarinet Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 167 (1921) - Camille Saint-Saens, 1835-1921 I. Allegretto
3. Rhapsody for Clarinet (ca. 1979) - Giacomo Miluccio
4. Selections from Divertissement for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon (1927) - Erwin Schulhoff, 1894-1942 Charleston: Allegro
Rondino-Finale: Molto allegro con Fuoco
5. Suite d’après Corrette for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon, Op. 161 (1937) - Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)
Entree et rondeau
Divertissement for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon, Op. 161 (1947), Jean Françaix (1912-1997)
The concert was at the Thayer Hall, a beautiful state of the art facility that is home for the school’s concerts, recitals, and other events. It holds up to 200 people, theater row seating, and the stage is set up fairly close to the first row seats which gives the performance a more personable feel to the audience. The wooden floor stage had a beautiful grand Steinway and Sons Piano set off to the side, that was moved later in the middle for the performance of Clarinet Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 167.
The first piece on the program was Ricochet, composed by Kerry Turner. It was one of Turner’s chamber music ensemble, performed by a brass quintet; two trumpets, horn, trombone, and tuba. The composition was energetic, skillfully played by the quintet in a manner that depicts life journey fast paced to get to the desired place and upon reaching it there is a slowing down pace of life either in peace or dismay.
The second piece was Clarinet Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 167 by Camille Saint-Saens. This piece was performed with two instruments namely clarinet and piano. It had a slow movement, opening with tender, melodies that seemed effortless, up and down tempo, whispering softly. This was a short piece compared to other pieces in the program. It had a romantic voice and more consonance, harmonious, and cantabile movement.
Camille Saint-Saens was born in Paris on October 9, 1835. His father died when he was a baby, after only having been married to his mother, Clemence a year and a day. His great aunt, Charlotte Mason, who was a learned person, also became a widow. The two ladies reared and provided for Camille Saint-Saens. He received his introduction to keyboarding from his great aunt at the age of two and a half. He was playing sonatas by the age of five years old. He was writing dance music at the age of 15. According to his auto biography (p.7) “ Liszt had to show by his Galop Chromatique the distinction that genius can give to the most commonplace themes My waltzes were better. As has always been the case with me I was already composing the music directly on paper with working it out on the piano.”...
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