The 2021-22 season continues with an all-winds concert featuring works that broke new ground by embracing simplicity. Joachim Raff dubbed the title “Sinfonietta” for a piece written for double wind quintet. Igor Stravinsky’s neo-classical period begins with his Octet for Double Wind Quintet, and Francis Poulenc continued this exploration with his Suite Française. Finally, Terry Riley’s “In C” launched minimalism with a one-page score. Expect special guests for this shimmering finale.
2 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Musical Instrument Museum.
Thanks to generous supporters, MusicaNova will play for the first time publicly the version of Anton Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony that he prepared for performance in 1878. Days before the concert, Anton Bruckner abruptly called it off. Three years later, the world finally heard a much revised version. The 1878 edition was tossed on a musical trash heap, lost to the world.
Prominent scholar Benjamin Korstvedt resurrected the lost score, including a long, gorgeous passage in the slow movement, and offered it to MusicaNova for a world premiere. Learn more in this conversation between Dr. Korstvedt and Maestro Warren Cohen. (Donations are still being accepted. You can still get one of several exciting premiums.)
Details on the time and date of the concert coming soon!
The 2021-22 season opened with Baroque to the Future, featuring works of the 17th and 18th centuries that feel right at home in today’s world.
In Heinrich Biber’s “Battalia à 10,” listen for the cellos imitating cannon shots by playing a pizzicato that snaps against the fingerboard. Or the bass player creating the sound of a snare drum by placing a piece of paper between the strings. The second movement describes a bunch of drunks in a pub singing in four different keys simultaneously.
Enjoy these videos from the MNO Wind Quintet’s concert at MIM.
Sonoran-born composer Arturo Marquez wrote this piece in 1996. It incorporates Latin rhythms and fluid lines. The title reflects the composer’s belief that he wrote the piece in the middle or “noon” of his life.
This concert was underwritten by a grant from the Phoenix Office on Arts and Culture.
From Arizona State University graduate Theresa Martin’s program notes: “Life is like a long hallway with a series of doors. Some doors are open and easy to travel through… The hallway may seem like a confusing maze, and oftentimes you may get lost… Throughout your journey, you will experience inertia, trials, and periods of intense growth.”
This was the Arizona premiere for the piece, written in 2019 .
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