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Clarinetist Daniel Silver presents the Bartók Contrasts and Osvaldo Golijov's "Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind." Charles Wetherbee, Marisa Ishikawa, Erika Eckert, David Requiro and David Korevaar join for these two powerful works now considered gems of the chamber music repertoire. The evening promises to enthrall and enchant and is not to be missed!
Featuring Daniel Silver, clarinet; Charles Wetherbee and Marisa Ishikawa, violin; Erika Eckert, viola; David Requiro, cello; and David Korevaar, piano
Performance date and time:
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Béla Bartók: "Contrasts"; Osvaldo Golijov: "Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind"Read more
Contrasts for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
Bartók’s Contrasts was written in 1938 and commissioned by Benny Goodman who, in addition to his legendary work as a big band leader and jazz performer, commissioned countless works from classical composers such as Copland, Hindemith and Bartók. The work was performed and recorded by Goodman, violinist Josef Szigeti and and Bartók himself at the piano. It has been a staple of the repertoire ever since.
A trio for five instruments, the work draws on Hungarian and Romanian elements and dances and has virtuoso turns for the violin and clarinet, with a clarinet cadenza in the first movement and a violin cadenza in the last. The “second” violin is used in the finale, tuned in the scordatura mode (a “retuning”) adding to the folk-like quality, and the clarinet performs on both the clarinet in A and the clarinet in B-flat.
While only running about eighteen minutes in performance, the work has a gravity and power that stamps it as a major chamber music work by most any standard.
Please note: Due to popular demand for Faculty Tuesdays concerts, we advise arriving early to secure a seat. These concerts are general admission on a first-come-first-served basis. House doors open 30 minutes before concert start.
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