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Name of Work

Hellendaal, Pieter (1721-1799)
Centone for brass quintet

Movements:
I. Overture
II. Air
III. Bourrée
IV. March

Performances:


Mar 16, 2008



Barbara Butler, Trumpet
Charles Geyer, Trumpet
Gail Williams, Horn
Michael Mulcahy, Trombone
Randall Hawes, Bass trombone


Mar 17, 2008



Barbara Butler, Trumpet
Charles Geyer, Trumpet
Gail Williams, Horn
Michael Mulcahy, Trombone
Randall Hawes, Bass trombone

HELLENDAAL-Centone for brass quintet (arr, Verne Reynolds)

BACKGROUND
Born in Rotterdam, Holland, Pieter Hellendaal was a child-prodigy organist who also studied with one of the most celebrated violinists of his time, Giuseppe Tartini. He made his career mostly in England: in London, where he knew Handel, and at Cambridge University. His compositions include sonatas for violin or for cello, with harpsichord continuo, some hymn arrangements, secular songs, and a set of Six Grand Concertos for string ensemble and organ. Biographer Leendert Haasnoot has noted the virtuosic nature of Hellendaal's violin writings and his skill with fugal technique in the concerto set.

MUSIC
Hellendaal's relatively small number of surviving works has made him an obscure entry in the history of Baroque music, his memory overshadowed by the reputations of his mentors and chief influences, Tartini and Handel. Composer-arranger-teacher Verne Reynolds has translated the elaborate, Italianate string figures of the concertos into a work for modern virtuoso brass. The term Centone means a composition constructed out of movements from earlier pieces; this Centone is arranged from the second and fifth of Hellendaal's concertos. Where violins shone in the 18th-century scoring, we now hear the brilliance of trumpets and the mellower themes from horn, trombone and tuba, echoing the role played by the continuo organ in the originals.

Program Notes by Andrea Lamoreaux

Performance date: March 16 & 17, 2008



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