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The University of Hartford

WWUH Classical programming
November/December 2004

by Keith Barrett

Sunday Afternoon at the Opera … Sunday 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Evening Classics … Weekdays 4:00 pm to 7:00/8:00 pm
Drake's Village Brass Band … Monday 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

NOVEMBER
Mon 1 A Pre-Election Day Special…Tiomkin: A President's Country; Gottlieb: Presidential Suite; Harris: Three Songs for Democracy; Copland: Canticle for Freedom; Dello Joio: Notes from Tom Paine; Johnson: Cold War Suite from How it Happens(The Voice of I.F. Stone); Hanson: Song of Democracy; Daugherty: Sing Sing: J. Edgar Hoover
  Drake's Village Brass Band…Bernstein: Fanfare for the Inauguration of J.F.K.: Schuman: George Washington Bridge; Grainger: Marching Song of Democracy

Tue 2 Heroic Overtures…Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D Minor; Khachaturian: Violin Concerto in D Minor; New Classical Releases

Wed 3 Families of Note…Music of Bachs, Mendelssohns, Strausses, Schumanns, Clementis, Zuchermanns

Thu 4 Locatelli: Concerto Grosso, Op. 1 #9; Haydn: Symphony #97; Ruffo: Psalms; Hakanson: Swedish Suite #1; Smetana: Festive Symphony

Fri 5 What You Will…Nanes: String Quatet#1; Babbitt: An Elizabethan Sextette; Dohnanyi: Serenade in C Major for String Trio; Bartok: Violin Sonata; Ysaye: Vioin Sonata #1

Sun 7 Sunday Afternoon at the Opera

Mon 8 Host's Choice Drake's Village Brass Band

Tue 9 Heroic Overtures… Shostakovich: Symphony #7 "Leningrad"; Levy: Masada; New Classical Releases

Wed 10 Britten: Simple Symphony; Schubert: String Quartet #10; Bruckner: Symphony #9; Shostakovich: Piano Quintet

Thu 11 Locatelli: Concerto Grosso, Op. 1 #10; Haydn: Symphony #98; Hummell: Bassoon Concerto; Palestrina: Missa Repleatur Os Meum; Humperdinck: Sleeping Beauty; Gade: Symphony #1; Glazunov: Symphony #1

Fri 12 What You Will…Nanes: String Quartet #2; Babbitt: Minute Waltz; Dohnanyi: Sextette in C Major, Op. 37; Bartok: Andante for Violin and Piano; Ysaye: Violin Sonata #2; Jolivet: Fantasie-Caprice

Sun 14 Sunday Afternoon at the Opera

Mon 15 Western Night…Herrmann: Garden of Evil; Copland Rodeo; Siegmeister: Western Suite; Morricone: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Drake's Village Brass Band…Chestnut Brass Company Plays Irving Berlin and Seven Foster

Tue 16 Heroic Overtures… Guitar Music from Cuba featuring Edward Simon, Nico Rojas, Calros Farinas, Aldo Rodriguez, Harold Gramatges

Wed 17 Space and Planets…Mozart: Jupiter Symphony; Holst: The Planets; Wagner: Venusberg Music, others.

Thu 18 Locatelli: Concerto Grosso, Op. 1 #11; Haydn: Symphony #99; Loelliet: Sonata in B; Morales: Motets; Weber: Piano Concerto #1, Clarinet Quintet; Paderewski: Polish Fantasy, Op. 16; Mayer: Brass Quintet

Fri 19 What You Will…Nanes: String Quartet #3; Babbitt; Groupwise; Bartok: Slovak Folk Songs; Kienzel: String Quartet #1; Ysaye: Violin Sonata #3 "Ballade" Jolivet: Flute Sonata

Sun 21 Sunday Afternoon at the Opera

Mon 22 Balada: Concierto magico; Kurka: Symphony #2; Diamond: Flute Concerto; Tower: Silver Ladders; Rouse: Phantasmata, Symphony #1 Drake's Village Brass Band…John Holt-Trumpet: Facets

Tue 23 Heroic Overtures… Yamada: Symphony in F Major "Triumph in Peace", Symphonic Poem The Dark Gate; New Classical Releases

Wed 24 Nielsen: Symphony #2; Schubert: String Quartet #11; Vierne: Organ Symphony #11; Mozart: String Quartet #19

Thu 25 Locatelli: Concerto Grosso, Op. 1 12: Haydn: Symphony #100; Porta: Motets; Taneyev: Concert Suite for Violin and Orchestra; Thomson: Symphony on a Hymn Tune; Serly: Viola Rhapsody

Fri 26 What You Will…Nanes: String Quartet #4; Babbitt: Vision and Prayer; Bartok: For Children; Kienzel: String Quartet #2; Ysaye: Violin Sonata #4; Jolivet: Sonatina for Flute and Clarinet

Sun 28 Sunday Afternoon at the Opera

Mon 29 Ashwaner: Piano Rags; Daugherty: Hell's Angels; Copland: Music for the Theatre, Piano Concerto; Waxman: Three Sketches for Jazz Orchestra; Rodgers: Slaughter on 10th Avenue
 Drake's Village Brass Band…Christian Lindberg Plays Music for Trombone and Orchestra of Lindberg, Jorgenson, Hovland

Tue 30 Heroic Overtures … Weinberg: Symphony #5, Sinfonietta #1; Classical Film Scores

DECEMBER
Wed 1 Water Music After Handel…Resphigi: Pines and Fountains of Rome; Wagner: Flying Dutchman Overture; Puccini: Il Tabarro Prelude; Schubert: Trout Quintet, Others

Thu 2 Veracini: Overtures: Haydn: Symphony #101; Willaert; Motets; Vianciardi: Missa Octo Vocum; Ornstein: Piano Music; Gade: Symphony #2; Glazunov: Symphony #2

Fri 3 What You Will… Nanes: String Quartet #5; Carter: Gra; Bartok: Contrasto; Kienzel: String Quartet #3; Ysaye: Violin Sonata #5; Jolivet: Alla Rustica (Divertissement) for Flute and Harp

Sun 5 Sunday Afternoon at the Opera

Mon 6 Perera: The Outermost House; Q. Porter: Pieces for Violin and Piano; Chadwick: Melpomene Dramatic Overture; Macdowell: Suite #2 "Indian"; Griffes: The White Peacock; Schelling: A Victory Ball; Ives: Three Places in New England
 Drake's Village Brass Band…Floyd Cooley Plays Music for Tuba and Band of Vaughan Williams, Gregson and Strauss

Tue 7 Heroic Overtures… Classical Film Scores and Other Compositions to Commemorate the Fallen: Victory At Sea; The Carthage Scene from Patten

Wed 8 Shostakovich: Symphony #6; Schubert: String Quartet #12; Strauss: An Alpine Symphony; Milhaud: String Quartet #1

Thu 9 Gugliemi: Overture in G, Sinfonia in E; Haydn: Symphony #102; Kozeluh: Clarinet Concerto #1; Anchieta: Missa Sine Nomine; Ozi: Sonata #1 for 2 Bassoons; Waldteufel: Watlzes; Turina: Sinfonia Sevillana; Ridout: Pigs; Mckinley: Adagio for Strings, Boston Overture

Fri 10 What You Will… Fine: String Quartet; Carter: Enchanted Preludes; Prokofiev: String Quartet #1; Shostakovich: Cello Sonata (arr. for Viola); Ysaye: Violin Sonata #6; Jolivet: Suite en Concert for Flute and Four Percussion

Sun 12 Sunday Afternoon at the Opera

Mon 13 Walton: Anon in Love, Music for the Lord Mayor's Table; Holst: Four Songs for Voice and Violin; Ireland: Scherzo and Cortege, Tritons-Symphonic Prelude, The Forgotten Rite; Bax: London Pageant, Suite from Tamara, A Legend-Symphonic Poem; Mackenzie: Pibroch Suite for Violin  Drake's Village Brass Band…Ireland: A Maritme Overture, A Downland Suite; Walton: Richard III

Tue 14 Heroic Overtures… Orbon: Symphonic Dances, Concerto Grosso, Three Symphonic Versions; New Classical Releases

Wed 15 Music to Amuse: Hoffnung Concert; Strauss: Till Eugenspiel; P. D. Q. Bach; Others

Thu 16 Haydn: Symphony #103; Beethoven: Ritterballet, Rondo in E Flat, String Quartet #16; Utendal: Motets; Boieldieu: Harp Concerto; Holmes: Overture for a Comedy; Hill: A Reverie; Kodaly: Adagio; Shchedrin: Piano Concerto #2

Fri 17 What You Will…Fine: Notturno for Strings and Harp; Coates: String Quartet #1; Carter: Duo; Prokofiev: String Quartet #2; Shostakovich: Viola Sonata; Milhaud: 3 Valses from Madame Bouvary

Sun 19 Sunday Afternoon at the Opera

Mon 20 Mcewen: Three Border Ballads; Hovhaness: Symphony #49 "Christmas Symphony"; Newman: Captain From Castille, Part 1
 Drake's Village Brass Band…Gabrielli: Canzonas and Sonatas from Sacrae Symphniae 1597

Tue 21 Heroic Overtures…Classical Compositions to Celebrate the Holidays Wed 22 Nielsen: Symphony #3; Schubert: String Quartet #13; Vaughan-Williams: Mass in G; Donizetti: String Quartet #17

Thu 23 Boismortier: Bassoon Concerto; Haydn: Symphony #104; Gade: Symphony #3; Abrahamsen: Walden; Glazunov: Symphony #3

Fri 24 What You Will…. Fine: Childhood Fables for Grownups; Coates: String Quartet #5; Carter: Scrivo in Vento; Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes; Toch: String Quartet #7; Milhaud: Accueil amical

Sun 26 Sunday Afternoon at the Opera

Mon 27 Monday Night at the Movies…Bax: Oliver Twist; Newman: Captain from Castille, Part 2;  Drake's Village Brass Band…Bach for Brass

Tue 28 Heroic Overtures… Classical Compositions to Celebrate the Holidays

Wed 29 Music for Special Occasions…Coronations, Masses, Funerals, Victories

Thu 30 Croft: Organ Music; Kraft: Cello Concerto in C; Escobar: Mass for 4 Voices; Foerster: Chamber Music; Kabalevsky: Romeo and Juliet Suite; Van de Vate: Piano Concerto, Adagio

Fri 31 What You Will….Fine: Fatasia for String Trio; Coates: String Quartet #6; Carter: Changes; Toch: String Quartet #10; Schoenberg: Three Piano Pieces, Op. 11; Milhaud: Une Journee, Op. 269

Thursday Evening Classics
Composer Capsules for November/December 2004

November 18:
Carl Maria von Weber Birth: November 18, 1786 in Eutin, Oldenburg, Germany Death: June 5, 1826 in London, England Composer, conductor, virtuoso, novelist, and essayist, Carl Maria von Weber is one of the great figures of German Romanticism. Weber studied with Michael Haydn and Abbé Vogler and gained fame as an opera composer with the production, in 1811, of Abu Hassan. In 1813, he became director of the Prague Opera, where he remained until 1816. Underlying his often-controversial efforts to reform opera production was his ardent desire to create a German operatic tradition. Although there were capable composers in the German-speaking lands, the idea of a German opera provoked much opposition. While Weber's appointment as Royal Kappelmeister at Dresden, not to mention the triumphant production of Der Freischütz (1821), certainly strengthened his position as champion of German opera, his opponents remained unconvinced. Weber's next opera, Euryanthe (1823), failed to repeat the success of Der Freischütz. In 1825, Weber was invited to London where his opera, Oberon, was received with admiration. Already in poor health before his London tour, Weber died in the English capital in 1826, shortly after the premiere of Oberon at Covent Garden.

December 16:
Ludwig van Beethoven
Birth: December 16, 1770 in Bonn, Germany Death: March 26, 1827 in Vienna, Austria Born in the small city of Bonn, he received his early training from his father and other local musicians. Beethoven played viola in various orchestras, becoming friends with other players such as Reicha, Simrock, and Ries, and began taking on composition commissions. As a member of the court chapel orchestra, he was able to travel some and meet members of the nobility, one of whom, Count Ferdinand Waldstein, would become a great friend and patron to him. Beethoven moved to Vienna in 1792 to study with Haydn and despite the uneasiness of their relationship, Haydn's concise humor helped to shape Beethoven's style. His subsequent teachers in composition were Albrechtsberger and Salieri. In 1794, he began his career in earnest as a pianist and composer. Around 1800, Beethoven began to notice his gradually encroaching deafness. His growing despondency only intensified his anti-social tendencies. However, with the Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" of 1803, Beethoven began a sustained period of groundbreaking creative triumphs. Even after a relatively long period of compositional inactivity lasting from 1811 to 1817, his creative imagination triumphed once again over his troubles. Beethoven profoundly transformed every genre he touched. A formidable pianist, he shifted the piano sonata from the drawing room to the concert hall with such ambitious and virtuosic middle-period works as the "Waldstein" and "Appassionata" sonatas. His song cycle An die ferne Geliebte set the pattern for similar cycles by all the Romantic song composers, from Schubert to Wolf. The Romantic tradition of "program" music began with Beethoven's "Pastoral" Symphony. In many ways revolutionary, Beethoven's music remains universally appealing because of its characteristic humanism, tension, and dramatic power.

Zoltan Kodaly Birth: December 16, 1882 in Kecskemét, Hungary Death: March 6, 1967 in Budapest, Hungary Like his compatriot, Bela Bartok, Zoltán Kodály is today remembered as much for his contributions to the fields of ethnomusicology and music education as he is for his own musical creations. Kodály was the son of a railway stationmaster and amateur violinist who provided a rich musical environment for his child. In 1900, he enrolled concurrently at Budapest University (where he studied Germanic and Hungarian literature) and at the Budapest Academy of Music. He obtained a diploma in composition, a second diploma in music education, and in 1906 Kodály crowned his academic career with a Ph.D. for his thorough structural analysis of Hungarian folksong. During the preparation of this dissertation Kodály went on the first of many excursions into rural Hungary to record and transcribe authentic folk music, and in doing so built a strong and lasting friendship with Bartók. Later in 1906, Kodály left Hungary for the first time to study in Berlin and Paris. Upon his return in 1907 he was appointed to the faculty of the Academy. With the creation of the New Hungarian Music Society in 1911, Kodály firmly established himself alongside Bartók and Dohnányi as a powerful force in Hungary's developing musical culture. Kodály produced a steady stream of music (his most famous works being the opera Háry János and the orchestral suite from that opera) and important educational works (which have collectively become known to music educators as the Kodály method). In the years after the Second World War he was honored by countless academic, musical, and political organizations around the globe; in 1961 he served as president of the International Folk Music Council, and, in 1964, as honorary president of the International Society of Music Educators.

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