The Cameron University Concert Band will share the stage with the Cameron University Chamber Winds for a combined concert on Thursday, November 14. The performance will start at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, military members and students. CU students, faculty and staff are admitted at no charge with CU-ID.
Dr. Claudio Re, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the ensembles, has chosen selections that display variety and which represent different stylistic periods from the Renaissance to modern day.
The CU Chamber Winds will open the evening with three pieces, commencing with a suite of Renaissance dances that features a ballet by an anonymous composer, G.F. Anerio’s “Gagliarda,” a pavan by T. Susato, and a Salterello by G. Cavaccio.
“In a dance setting, during the Renaissance, the ballet would be used to introduce dancers to the dance floor,” Re says. “The Italian gagliarda – or the English galliard - can be characterized as an athletic dance, while the pavan is a slow processional dance, and the saltarello, an Italian folk dance which was popular in the courts of medieval Europe, is fast-paced. The combination of dances by different composers was normal during the renaissance. One of the simple rules in social dancing was that a slow dance should be followed by a first one, a pattern we maintain in this suite.”
That will be followed by Johann Sebastian Bach’s Fugue No. 4 from “The Art of Fugue” and Mozart’s “Divertimento No.2.”
Following a brief intermission, the Cameron University Concert Band will open the second half of the concert with “Music for the Royal Fireworks,” composed in 1749 by George Frederick Handel to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle.
The concert band will then present two compositions written at the behest of Sultan Abdul Medjid of Turkey, who decided to adopt the European model for his military bands. Giuseppe Donizetti, later honored with the title of Donizetti Pasha, was invited to take over the task. He established a music school in Ankara and composed a great deal of music for the Sultan. He also commissioned a march from his contemporary Gioachino Rossini.
“The style of the two works is similar and is defined as ‘Turkish music,’” says Re. “It does not reflect a serious ethnomusicological concern with the Turkish tradition but is instead a European rendition of Turkish stereotypes. The difference between Turkish music and ‘Turkish music’ is substantial. There are many examples of this style in the repertoire from the 18th and 19th centuries.”
Grundman’s “Hebrides Suite” moves the concert into the 20th century. The 1962 composition is based on a collection of folk songs from the isles of the Hebrides, located off the west coast of Scotland. The four contrasting movements are The Peat-Fire Flame, An Eriskay Love Tilt, Milking Song (Hebrides Game Song) and The Road to the Isles.
The performance will conclude with “Fantasia all’Italia,” a 2008 composition by Elliot Del Borgo, a prolific contemporary composer.
Members of the CU Concert Band are students Cheyenne Battiest, Duncan; Mark Koehl, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Joel Moncrief, Altus; Irmtraud Bryant, Brittany Curtis, Trent Hagood, William Magee, Shelley Perry and Jason Villarreal, Lawton. They are joined by community members Kelsey Alden-Cox, Douglas Bayless, Shana Martin, Karla Oty and Diane Pihulic, and faculty member J.D. Little.
November 8, 2019