On Wednesday, January 23, at 7 p.m., the CWU Department of Music presents a recital by Daniel Lipori, bassoon and Maria Roditeleva-Wibe, piano. Both are faculty members in the department.
The program consists of newer and lesser-known works for bassoon and piano. It begins with the Sonata in F op. 88 by Johann Andreas Amon (1763-1825), a German composer who worked at the courts in Heilbronn and Wallerstein. Wallerstein was one of larger musical centers of Europe in the latter part of the eighteenth century, but unfortunately for Amon, the court started having financial difficulties in the nineteenth century, which certainly did not help his reputation. The sonata is in a fairly standard classical period format, similar to that of a Beethoven Cello Sonata, with equal parts for both instruments.
The second work on the program is the Concert Piece by Libby Larsen (b. 1950). Larsen, one of the most sought after American composers currently, has written in all musical genres, and is especially noted for her operas and other vocal works. The Concert Piece was commissioned by the International Double Reed Society and was premiered at its 2008 convention. The composer writes of the piece:
“In three movements, Concert Piece for Bassoon and Piano casts the bassoon in the role of minstrel/poet—a Broadway Bard, if you will—who has gathered us for a Tell about our culture’s expressiveness.
Our expressiveness, the way we speak, move, and communicate, is a deeply lyrical narrative combined with a syncopated, percussive, multi-inflected, and driving nature. I composed the music from this perspective.
The first movement of Concert Piece for Bassoon and Piano uses inflection and articulation to define the bassoon’s lyric melody as it moves over and around the piano’s driving, jazz-articulated music. Time and forward motion are suspended in the second movement, allowing room for the bassoon’s broadly lyrical lines to sing freely and emotionally. Bassoon and piano come together in the third movement for syncopated interplay in an abstract call-and-response dance.”
The final piece on the program is the Suite op. 36 of Stanley Weiner (1925-91). Weiner is perhaps more known as a violinist, having been concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony and New York Philharmonic, before moving to Brussels in 1953 to begin a solo career. He also taught at the Music Academy in Hamburg beginning in 1976. Weiner was good friends with many bassoonists throughout his career and wrote several works for the instrument. This suite was composed around 1978 for Leonard Sharrow, former principal bassoonist of the Chicago Symphony. It is a typical dance suite, including a waltz and a hora, among others.
This free recital will be held in the McIntyre Music Building Recital Hall.