Ciompi Quartet: “Spiritual Voices”

This video will premiere on Friday, June 18 at 7:30 pm Eastern.

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In celebration of Juneteenth 2021, the Ciompi Quartet and Electric Earth Concerts will present a major work of Olly Wilson (1937-2018) pictured at left: “A City Called Heaven” for large ensemble. Also on the program is “Grist for the Mill,” a work by Duke composer Anthony Kelley, who earned his Ph.D. studying with Wilson; Mark Kuss’s arrangement of “7 Spirituals and Work Songs of the United States”; and Ben Johnston’s “Amazing Grace” quartet, which takes the archetypal hymn as the basis for a wild and deeply moving journey. Professor Kelley will introduce the program.

In addition to the Ciompi Quartet (Eric Pritchard, violin; Hsiao-mei Ku, violin; Jonathan Bagg, viola; Caroline Stinson, cello) performers include Benjamin Fingland, clarinet; Laura Gilbert, flute; Michael Williams, percussion; Chris Lennard, percussion; Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano; and Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, conducting “A City Called Heaven.”

 

Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes, Op. 34

Video will premiere on Friday, May 14 at 7:30 pm ET.


Duke Music’s Piano Area premieres a semester-long project as undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and guests collaborate to record the entire cycle of piano works written early in the career of this Soviet master.

D. Shostakovich, 24 Preludes Op. 34

Prelude 1 in C major (2:30):  Larry Todd
Prelude 2 in A minor (3:54):  Aram Lindroth
Prelude 3 in G major (5:15):  Yi Chen
Prelude 4 in E minor (7:33):  Jing Zhang
Prelude 5 in D major (10:56):  Rui Xi
Prelude 6 in B minor (11:43):  Ted Choi
Prelude 7 in A major (13:22):  Hannah Duke
Prelude 8 in F sharp minor (14:53):  Nathaniel Maxwell
Prelude 9 in E major (16:11):  Joanna Chang
Prelude 10 in C sharp minor (16:59):  Danika Dai
Prelude 11 in B major (19:12):  Kevin Xu
Prelude 12 in G sharp minor (20:22):  Florence Liu
Prelude 13 in F sharp major (22:28):  Andrew Moenning
Prelude 14 in E flat minor (23:47):  Catherine McMillan
Prelude 15 in D flat major (26:17):  Devon Valdez
Prelude 16 in B flat minor (27:36):  Debosir Ghosh
Prelude 17 in A flat major (29:05):  Inge Walther
Prelude 18 in F minor (31:10):  Daniel Seyfried
Prelude 19 in E flat major (32:16):  Ieva Jokubaviciute
Prelude 20 in C minor (34:17):  Danika Dai
Prelude 21 in B flat major (35:13):  Joanna Chang
Prelude 22 in G minor (36:10):  Andre Hall
Prelude 23 in F major (38:46):  Davis Wu
Prelude 24 in D minor (40:35):  Aram Lindroth

[dnme]: Duke New Music Ensemble

This video will premiere on Friday, May 7 at 7:30 pm EDT.

Directed by Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, [dnme]’s final concert of the year features multiple premieres performed and/or written by undergraduate performers and composers, graduate composers, Music Department faculty members, guests Alex Sopp, flute and Alissa Roca, soprano, in addition to the Ciompi Quartet, Vice Provost for the Arts John Brown, and community members.

Program:
David Johnston: “Prelude, Intermission, & Rondo” (Caleb Woo, saxophone)

Jason Mulligan: “Easter, 1916” (Alissa Roca, soprano & Jason Mulligan, piano)

Courtney Dantzler: “Woodland Mischief” (Alex Sopp, flute)

Brooks Frederickson: “Carson Yoga” (Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano & Jennifer Curtis, violin; Julie Rooney, videographer and editor; Carson Moody, yogi, writer)

Brittany Green: “Embers” (Mike Kris, trombone)

Steven Bryant: “Dusk” (The [dnme] Ensemble: Courtney Dantzler, voice, Nidhi Dhupati, violin, Happy Yao, cello, Peter Liu, piano, conducted by Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant)

Dayton Kinney: “Falling Between the Worlds” (Sandra Cotton, mezzo soprano & David Heid, piano)

James Budinich: “Fragments Cast in Bronze” (Alex Sopp, flute)

Minato Sakamoto: “Partita Americana” (Hsiao-Mei Ku, violin)

Huijuan Ling: “Two Elastic Canons” (Carla Copeland-Burns, flute & Susan Fancher, saxophone)

Maximiliano Amici: “Solo” (Daniel Seyfried, piano)

Steven Bryant: “The Low Arc of the Sun” (Ciompi Quartet, John Brown, community members)

The majority of the works were edited and recorded by Rick Nelson. Stephen Downing recorded and edited “Dusk” by Steven Bryant.

Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant is the Artistic Director and Project Manager of dnme and this collaborative effort.

Music of Nature and Nation: Jennifer Curtis, violin and Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano

This video premiered on Friday, April 9 at 7:30 pm EDT.

Ieva Jokubaviciute and Jennifer Curtis perform music by George Enescu (1881-1955) and Jean Sibelius (1865-1957).

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Sonata No. 3 in A Minor “dans le caractère populaire roumain” for violin and piano, Op. 25, is a chamber-music composition written in 1926 by George Enescu. It is dedicated to Franz Kneisel.

Five Esquisses (Five Sketches), Op. 114 was written in 1929 by Jean Sibelius.

Musique française

This video premiered on Friday, March 5 at 7:30 pm EST.

Featuring the Ciompi Quartet, Gabriel Richard, Randall Love, and Kivie Cahn-Lipman.

Félicien David’s Trio in E-flat Major for piano, violin, and cello performed by Richard, Love, and Cahn-Lipman; and movements from string quartets by d’Indy, Debussy, and Saint-Saëns performed by the Ciompi Quartet.

View the online program for information about the artists.

Program:

Vincent d’Indy: String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 35 (1890)
III. Assez modéré et dans le sentiment d’un chant populaire – Assez vite

Félicien David: Trio in E-flat Major for piano, violin, and cello (1857)
I. Allegro moderato
II. Molto adagio
III. Finale: Allegretto

Claude Debussy: String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10 (1892)
III. Andantino, doucement expressif

Camille Saint-Saëns: String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 153 (1918)
III. Interlude et Final: Andantino-Allegretto con moto

Beethoven in Context: Cello Sonata Op. 5, No. 2

This video premiered on Friday, February 26 at 7:30 pm EST.


R. Larry Todd, piano and Nancy Green, cello

This Friday’s “Best of Biddle” video premiere features Professor R. Larry Todd’s recording of Beethoven’s Cello Sonata Op. 5, No. 2. The video is divided between Professor Todd’s introduction, which places the work in its historical and musical context, and his recording of the sonata with cellist Nancy Green.

R. Larry Todd is Arts & Sciences Professor of Music, and co-author, with Marc Moskovitz, of Beethoven’s Cello: Five Sonatas and Their World (Boydell & Brewer, 2017), 2018 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award.

Hailed by Fanfare Magazine as “one of the great cellists of our time” and “in the elite of today’s concert cellists,” Nancy Green is an internationally recognized recording artist, known for her highly acclaimed CDs of previously unrecorded works as well as staples of the cello repertoire. She has appeared as soloist in venues such as Boston’s Symphony Hall, New York’s Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Windsor Castle, and London’s Wigmore Hall as well as major concert halls in Shanghai, Taipei and Seoul.

Music for Two

This video premiered on Friday, February 19 at 7:30 pm EST.

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This week’s Best of Biddle video features duets by Duke Music students and faculty. The video begins with “Tema (Andante) con variazioni” from Mozart’s Sonata for Piano and Violin in F Major, K.377 performed by students Brian Chan, violin and Rui Xi, piano. It is followed by two piano duets featuring Ieva Jokubavicuite and her students: the “Allegro con spirito” from Mozart’s Sonata in D Major, K.448 (with Kevin Xu) and Debussy’s Lindaraja (with Catherine McMillan). The Scherzo from Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 16 follows, featuring pianists Andy Zhang and Claire Li. The video then features two excerpts by Ciompi Quartet violist Jonathan Bagg and pianist Emely Phelps: a movement each from Elizabeth Maconchy’s 1937 Sonata for Viola and Piano and from Marion Bauer’s Sonata for Viola and Piano, composed in 1932. The video ends with Lutoslawski’s Variations on a Theme by Paganini for 2 pianos, performed by David Heid and Daniel Seyfried (pictured above).

Spotlight: Cello

This video premiered on Friday, February 5 at 7:30 pm EST.


This week’s video focuses on works for cello, both solo and within a chamber group setting. Featuring Ciompi Quartet cellist Caroline Stinson, former Ciompi Quartet cellist and professor emeritus Fred Raimi, Duke student cellist Jacob Egol, and the student chamber group Trio Risonanza (Eliza Henne, violin; Chan Park, cello; Danika Dai, piano).

Program
J. S. Bach: “Prelude” from Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011 (Jacob Egol)
Max Raimi: Soliloquy, for solo cello (Fred Raimi)
Rachmaninoff: Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G Minor (Trio Risonanza)
Andrew Waggoner: At Home (Caroline Stinson)
Ernest Bloch: Suite No. 3 for solo cello, B. 97 (Caroline Stinson)

View the complete program with musician and composer bios.

Robert Parkins performs “Salome’s Dance” and other works recorded on Duke Chapel’s Aeolian organ

This video premiered on Friday, January 8, 2021.

View the program for this concert.

Salome’s Dance, recorded by Robert Parkins on the renovated Aeolian organ (1932) in Duke Chapel, was released by Loft Recordings in the spring of 2019. Dr. Parkins has selected seven of the 18 tracks, introduced by him with brief notes on each piece. Works by African American composers Florence Price and Adolphus Hailstork are followed by music of former Duke composer Robert Ward and current Wake Forest composer Dan Locklair. The title track, “Dance of the Seven Veils” from Richard Strauss’s opera Salome, was transcribed for organ by Dr. Parkins (“. . . a complete success, as the organ proves an ideal means for realizing the colorful exoticism of the orchestral original.”– Fanfare)

Robert Parkins is the University Organist and Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke.

Beethoven’s 250th anniversary: R. Larry Todd plays the Piano Sonata in A Major, Op. 2 No. 2

This video premiered on Friday, December 18.

Video is introduced with prefatory notes by Professor R. Larry Todd

Beethoven: Piano Sonata in A Major, Op. 2 No. 2

I. Allegro vivace (begins at 17:55)
II: Largo appassionato (begins at 25:05)
III: Scherzo: Allegretto (begins at 31:47)
IV: Rondo: Grazioso (begins at 35:31)

To help celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), R. Larry Todd offers a new recording and discussion of the Piano Sonata in A major, Op. 2 No. 2 (1796). A product of the composer’s early Viennese years, the sonata reveals Beethoven’s efforts to find his own creative voice even as he embraces the high classicism of Haydn and Mozart. The result is an innovative, four-movement sonata dedicated to Beethoven’s teacher, Haydn, but also exploring what would become an idiosyncratic marker of Beethoven’s own style-the determined use of musical conflicts, accomplished in this case through unexpected, at times quirky changes in dynamics, articulation (legato vs. staccato), and register.

R. Larry Todd is Arts & Sciences Professor of Music, and co-author, with Marc Moskovitz, of Beethoven’s Cello: Five Sonatas and Their World (Boydell & Brewer, 2017), 2018 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award.