Student Symphony program selections

Posted: Thursday, November 20, 2003

(Begins with three-piece baroque suite in G)

• I. "Brandenburg" Sinfonia, by J.S. Bach (1685-1750), arranged by M. Isaac - "Isaac arranged this from Bach's "Brandenburg" Concerto No. 3. Originally written for stings and harpsichord, this arrangement is expanded to take advantage of the sounds of the full modern orchestra."

• II. Fantasy on "Sleepers, Wake," by J.S. Bach (1685-1750), arranged by V. Leidig - "The origin of this piece was Bach's cantata, 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,' first performed on the 25th of November, 271 years ago. In true Bach genius, the "fantasy," an intricate counterpoint to the choral melody, is also a hummable motif that stands gracefully on its own."

• III. Violin Concerto in G Minor, op. 12, no.1, the allegro, by A. Vivaldi (1678-1741), reorchestrated by R. Trostel - "It is written in the 'ritornello' style characterized by alternating sections contrasting full orchestra and reduced orchestra known as 'tutti' (together) and 'solo' (alone)."

• Symphony No. 9, fourth movement, L. Van Beethoven (1759-1827), arranged by M. Hopkins, "This arrangement of the final movement includes the opening presentation of the 'Joy' theme, the 'Turkish March,' the beautiful adagio section, and the rousing prestissimo finale. This work was deliberately programmed to coincide with our parent organization's performance of the complete work."

• "Shaker Variants," E. Del Borgo (living American composer) - " 'Shaker Variants' is a fantasy based on the Shaker hymn, 'Simple Gifts.' Listen to how the melody, or parts of the melody, gets passed from section to section."

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