Last spring MSCO presented the final movement of Jeremy Cavaterra's
newly-composed Monterey Suite. This season we have the privilege of performing the complete suite.
Each of the suite's five movements has a relationship
to a location in or near Monterey, California. These movements are titled
"The Peninsula," "The Path of History," "The Aquarium," "Steinbeck Country", and
"Marine Safari and Whale Watch". We're sure that you will enjoy the world premier of
the complete presentation of this hauntingly beautiful work
Jeremy Cavaterra was born in New York City in 1971. From an early age the piano held a
magnetic attraction for him, and he was drawn to work out pieces he had heard by ear,
and to invent his own. When he was ten years old his family moved to Los Angeles,
where he took up piano lessons with Tania Agins. Agins gave him a firm traditional foundation
and also encouraged his interest in composing, introducing him to composer and UCLA professor
Mark Carlson, who guided his efforts and provided him with theory instruction.
Cavaterra later furthered his piano studies with Robert Turner before
moving back to New York to study
composition at Manhattan School of Music as a scholarship student of Giampaolo Bracali,
with whom he also studied orchestration and conducting. From 1995–1999, Cavaterra lived in Italy, composing
and performing as a pianist in the Rome area in concerts and festivals, both as soloist and in
collaboration with other instrumentalists and singers.
Cavaterra’s work has been performed internationally by soloists and ensembles. In 2007, his piano suite
Six Character Pieces received its Los Angeles and San Francisco premières by the brilliant
Spanish pianist Gustavo Díaz-Jerez, with whom Cavaterra has enjoyed a long musical
collaboration. In 2008, Cavaterra’s Fantasy for Four Instruments was commissioned by
Pacific Serenades, the Los Angeles-based series, for its twenty-second season. -
Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante
in E-flat major,
Op. 22, was composed by Frédéric Chopin between 1830 and 1834.
The Grande Polonaise Brillante
in E-flat, set for piano and
orchestra, was written first, in 1830-31. In 1834, Chopin
wrote an Andante Spianato
in G for piano solo, which he added
to the start of the piece, and joined the two parts with a
fanfare-like sequence. The combined work was published in 1836
and was dedicated to Madame d'Este.
The Variations on a Nursery Song consists of an Introduction and Theme,
eleven Variations, and a Coda. The dramatic Introduction is followed by a
witty, artful set of variations ranging from the innocent first
variation to the romantic third variation, the scurrying sixth
variation, and the boisterous, overcooked waltz in the seventh variation.
Dohnányi treats the piano and orchestra as equals;
every instrument is given its chance to shine.
The Birds (Italian: Gli uccelli) is a suite for small orchestra
by the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi. Dating from 1927,
the work is based on music from the 18th-century and
represents an attempt to transcribe birdsong into musical notation.
The work is in five movements:
- "Prelude" (based on the music of Bernardo Pasquini)
- "La colomba" ("The dove"; based on the music of Jacques de Gallot)
- "La gallina" ("The hen"; based on the music of Jean-Philippe Rameau)
- "L'usignuolo" ("The nightingale"; based on the folksong "Engels Nachtegaeltje")
- "Il cucù" ("The cuckoo"; based on the music of Pasquini)
The suite was used for the ballet of the same name,
first performed on February 19, 1933.
Andante e Rondo Ungarese was written in 1809 as a viola solo for Weber’s brother
Fridolin and then reassigned to bassoon in 1813. The title of Andante e Rondo Ungarese,
(translated as Andante and Hungarian Rondo), immediately prompts the question: How is the
piece ‘Hungarian?’ Rather than using specific Hungarian references, Weber made use of
an existing style common among street performers in Vienna, a style which
invoked a general sense of "otherness" and a fascination with the Orient and
exploration of foreign territories.
The Symphony No. 98 in B flat major is the sixth of the
so-called twelve London Symphonies (numbers 93-104) written by Joseph Haydn.
It was completed in 1792 as part of the set of symphonies composed on his
first trip to London. It was first performed at the Hanover Square
Rooms in London on 2 March 1792.
The symphony's scoring is unusual among Haydn's later symphonies -- it includes an
important part for harpsichord, which has a prominent solo near the end
of the finale. Although the harpsichord was often used as a solo instrument,
it was rarely given a prominence of this kind in purely orchestral works.
Most likely, Haydn himself played the harpsichord at the premiere.
Don Giovanni (complete title, translated, is "The Rake Punished, or Don Giovanni")
is an opera in two acts with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Italian
libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. It is based on the legends of Don Juan,
a fictional libertine and seducer. It was premiered by the Prague Italian
opera on October 29, 1787.
A staple of the standard operatic repertoire, Don Giovanni is currently tenth on the
Operabase list of the most-performed operas worldwide. It has also proved a fruitful
subject for writers and philosophers
Mahler's first four symphonies are often referred to as the "Wunderhorn" symphonies because
many of their themes originate in earlier songs by Mahler on texts from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
(The Youth's Magic Horn). The fourth symphony is built around a single song, "Das himmlische Leben".
It is prefigured in various ways in the first three movements and sung in its entirety by a
solo soprano in the fourth movement.
Early plans in which the Symphony was projected as a six-movement work, but Mahler later
decided on a simpler structure for the score.
The Bartered Bride (Czech: Prodaná nevěsta, The Sold Fiancée) is a comic opera in three acts
by the Czech composer Bedřich Smetana, to a libretto by Karel Sabina. The opera is considered
to have made a major contribution towards the development of Czech music. It was composed during
the period 1863–66, and first performed at the Provisional Theatre, Prague, on 30 May 1866 in a
two-act format with spoken dialogue. Set in a country village and with realistic characters,
it tells the story of how, after a late surprise revelation, true love prevails over the
combined efforts of ambitious parents and a scheming marriage broker. The opera was not immediately
successful, and was revised and extended in the following four years. In its final version,
premiered in 1870, it gained rapid popularity and eventually became a worldwide success.
The Double Concerto was Brahms' final work for orchestra. It was composed in the summer
of 1887, and first performed on 18 October of that year in the Gürzenich in Köln, Germany.
Brahms approached the project with anxiety over writing for instruments that were not his own.
He wrote it for the cellist Robert Hausmann, a frequent chamber music collaborator, and his old
but estranged friend, the violinist Joseph Joachim. The concerto was, in part, a gesture
of reconciliation towards Joachim.
The Symphony No. 9 in E minor, From the New World, Op. 95, B. 178
(Czech: Symfonie č. 9 e moll „Z nového světa“), popularly known as the New World Symphony,
was composed by Antonín Dvořák in 1893 while he was the director of the National Conservatory
of Music of America from 1892 to 1895. It is by far his most popular symphony, and one of the
most popular of all symphonies. In older literature and recordings, this symphony was often
numbered as Symphony No. 5. Neil Armstrong took a recording of the New World Symphony to the
Moon during the Apollo 11 mission, the first Moon landing, in 1969.