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Name of Work

Dvořák, Antonín (1841-1904)
Bagatelles, Op. 47 for two violins, cello and harmonium (2010)

Movements:
Allegretto scherzando
Tempo di minuetto: Grazioso
Allegretto scherzando
Poco allegro

Performances:


Feb 14, 2010



Dionne Jackson, Flute
Scott Hostetler, Oboe
Larry Combs, Clarinet
Dennis Michel, Bassoon
Gail Williams, Horn
Joseph Genualdi, Viola
Jasmine Lin, Violin
Rami Solomonow, Viola
Cheng-Hou Lee, Cello
Peter Lloyd, Double bass
Dionne Jackson, Flute
Scott Hostetler, Oboe
Larry Combs, Clarinet
Dennis Michel, Bassoon
Gail Williams, Horn
Joseph Genualdi, Viola
Jasmine Lin, Violin
Rami Solomonow, Viola
Cheng-Hou Lee, Cello
Peter Lloyd, Double bass
Dionne Jackson, Flute
Scott Hostetler, Oboe
Larry Combs, Clarinet
Dennis Michel, Bassoon
Gail Williams, Horn
Joseph Genualdi, Viola


Feb 15, 2010



Cheng-Hou Lee, Cello
Peter Lloyd, Double bass
Jasmine Lin, Violin
Rami Solomonow, Viola

DVORAK - Bagatelles, Op 47, arranged for winds and strings by Geoffrey Emerson

Composed in 1818

Geoffrey Emerson designed his arrangement of Dvorak's Bagatelles as a companion piece to the wind-and-string Nonets by Ludwig Spohr and Joseph Rheinberger. The nine instruments of those works -- flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello, and double-bass -- are augmented by the addition of a second violin. It all makes for a richer and more contrasted scoring than the original, which Dvorak wrote in 1878 at the request of some friends who gathered for musicales in a home whose keyboard instrument was a harmonium (a small organ relative). The harmonium is joined in this original by two violins and a cello; nowadays a piano is routinely substituted, but tonight we hear the five vignettes imaginatively expanded for a full chamber ensemble.

The first Allegro Scherzando, in G Minor, is based on one of the Czech folksongs that Dvorak loved to incorporate into his scores both symphonic and chamber: it's called "The Bagpipes Were Playing at Pobuda." Then in the Minuet-Grazioso movement, with its dotted rhythms, we get a taste of the traditional Czech sousedska (Neighbors' Dance). Allegro Scherzando #2 returns to the key of G Minor and to the bagpipe tune. For the canon, where the individual instruments make imitative entries -- as in an organ fugue or a four-voiced Renaissance motet -- Dvorak provides a gently lyrical theme, in E Major except for a short modulation to G-Sharp. The finale is a rollicking Polka.

Program Notes by Andrea Lamoreaux

Performed February 14 & 15, 2010



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