Student Recital: Bach, Martinu, Crumb

Curtis Percussionist

A varied student recital. The program:

Bach: Suite No.5 in C minor for Solo Cello
Rainer Eudeikis, cello
Johann Sebastian Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello are generally thought to have been written between 1717 and 1723. Mostly unknown before the 20th century, they are now standard repertoire for all cellists. Each suite contains six sections, for the Fifth including: Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Gavotte and Gigue. Yo-Yo Ma played the famous Sarabande on September 11, 2002 at the site of the destroyed World Trade Center.

Martinu: Variations on a Theme of Rossini
Rainer Eudeikis, cello; Amy J. Yang, piano
After Janacek, Bohuslav Martinu (1890 – 1959) ranks as probably the most renowned Czech composer of the 20th century. Included in his prolific output is this fanciful set of variations from the aria Dal tuo stellato soglio (From Your Starry Throne) from Rossini’s opera “Moses in Egypt.”

Crumb: The Ghosts of Alhambra
Johnathan McCullough, baritone; Louis-Xavier Barrette, guitar; Neil Rao, percussion
Former University of Pennsylvania professor George Crumb returns to the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca for inspiration for these songs from his Spanish Songbook. The texts are from Lorca’s Poema del cante jondo, which he wrote as a reaction to the commercialization of flamenco in Spain. The songs include Alba, La Seis Cuerdas, Danza, Paisaje, Ay!, Malaguena and Memento. One example of Crumb’s use of extended techniques is to have the baritone employ percussion instruments while singing.

Music Word of the Week: Extended Technique
“Extended techniques, as may be inferred, require the performer to use an instrument in a manner outside of traditionally established norms. These norms are apt to change as the needs of music changes and as instruments develop.” (from New Music Box)

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