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Reynolds, Verne (1926-)
Suite for Brass Quintet

Movements:
I. Toccata
II. Chorale
III. Scherzo
IV. Arioso
V. March

Performances:


Oct 26, 2008



Barbara Butler, Trumpet
Charles Geyer, Trumpet
Gail Williams, Horn
Gene Pokorny, Tuba
Michael Mulcahy, Trombone
Barbara Butler, Trumpet


Oct 27, 2008



Barbara Butler, Trumpet
Charles Geyer, Trumpet
Gail Williams, Horn
Gene Pokorny, Tuba
Michael Mulcahy, Trombone

REYNOLDS-Suite for Brass Quintet (1970)

Composed in 1970

BACKGROUND
Verne Reynolds, born in Lyons, Kansas in 1926, learned violin and the rudiments of composition from his father at an early age. He took up the French horn while in high school, and served for two years with the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C. after his graduation. From 1946 to 1950, Reynolds majored in composition at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, concurrently performing in the horn section of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Reynolds earned his master’s degree in composition from the University of Wisconsin in 1951, and he was a member of that institution’s faculty for the next two years, teaching horn and theory, and conducting the University Brass Ensemble. He also performed as principal horn with the Peninsula Music Festival from its inception in 1953 until 1961.

In 1953, he was awarded a Fulbright grant to study composition with Herbert Howells at the Royal College of Music in London; while there, he played with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Thomas Beecham. Upon his return to the United States in 1954, Reynolds joined the faculty of Indiana University as instructor of horn and a member of the resident American Woodwind Quintet. He was appointed to the Eastman School of Music faculty in 1959, where he was Professor of Horn and Chairman of the Wind Department until his retirement in 1995.

He also served as principal horn of the Rochester Philharmonic from 1959 to 1968. Among Reynolds’ compositions are a violin concerto, several scores for orchestra, and a wealth of music for brass instruments. In addition, he has transcribed many pieces of Renaissance and early Baroque music for winds. His awards and commissions include those from the Louisville Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, Lawrence College, Baylor University, Doc Severinsen, Eastman School of Music and ASCAP.

MUSIC
Reynolds’ Suite for Brass Quintet of 1970 comprises five pieces modeled on traditional genres that are realized in a contemporary idiom with a masterful understanding of the instruments’ special characteristics. The opening movement is a nimble, mixed-meter Toccata, a term derived from the Italian word toccare — “to touch” — which originally denoted a species of 17th-century keyboard music intended to demonstrate the technical agility of the performer. The second movement is a somber Chorale, the third a mercurial Scherzo with a smoothly flowing central trio, and the third an Arioso whose melodic line is shared among all the instruments. The Suite closes with a rousing March.

Program notes by Dr. Richard E. Rodda

Performance date: October 26 & 27, 2008

This is CCM’s first performance of this work.



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