On Stage at Curtis

Graduation Recital by Cellist Gabriel Cabezas

A graduation recital by cellist Gabriel Cabezas. Gabriel hails from Wilmette, Ill., and was a student of Carter Brey at Curtis. His program:

Bach Sonata for Viola da Gamba & Harpsichord in D major
Gabriel Cabezas, cello; Qing Jiang, piano
This is one of three sonatas by Bach for viola da gamba, the Baroque-era predecessor of the modern cello.

David Lang: little eye
Gabriel Cabezas, cello; Michael Djupstrom, piano; Curtis Percussion Ensemble
How to describe this enigmatic work with the enigmatic title? Contemporary American composer David Lang provides this enigmatic description:
“Small children get bored easily when traveling long distances by car. One way to distract them is to play the game I spy with my little eye, in which you look out the window and describe something you have noticed. In my experience this does work, not in a very subdued way–it is not the most exciting way to pass the time. Eventually, however, time does pass.”

Gabriella Smith: Sleep Navigates the Tides of Time
Gabriel Cabezas, cello; Michael Djupstrom, piano; Stanislav Chernyshev, clarinet, percussion; Ted Babcock & Jordan Dodson, percussion
Curtis student composer Gabriella Smith wrote this work for Gabriel Cabezas, and described the instrumentation as “cello and any four musicians.” Its title comes from a line in Dylan Thomas’s poem When once the twilight locks no longer.

Messiaen: “Louange à l’éternité de Jésus”
Gabriel Cabezas, cello; Michael Djupstrom, piano
In keeping with the unusual nature of this recital, Gabriel decided to have Gabriella’s work seque directly to this piece by Olivier Messiaen. “Louange à l’éternité de Jésus” (Praise to the Eternal Jesus) is the finale of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. The Quartet was composed and premiered in a German prison camp during World War II.

Music Word of the Week: Viola da Gamba
“A 16th- and 17th-century term for the instruments of the viol family, which are always held resting on the knee; it is used to distinguish them from the shoulder-held violin (viola da braccio)”
(from the Oxford Dictionary of Music)


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