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Historical Piano Concerts Series
at the
Ashburnham Community Church
Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 4: 00 p.m.

Coming SoonComing Soon Chester Brezniak, clarinet
Barbara Suhrstedt, piano
(Click on name for Bio)



Three Pieces for Clarinet and Piano (arranged by A. Semyenev) Reinhold Glière
Romance     Op.35, No. 6      (1908)
Scherzo       Op.45, No. 12    (1909)
Valse triste  Op.35, No. 7      (1908)
Three Romances:  clarinet and piano Peter Tchaikovsky
What Is Happening? Op.16, No. 5  (1872-’73)
Night                     Op.73, No. 2  (1893)
Serenade                 Op.63, No. 6  (1887)
Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet     (1919) Igor Stravinsky
Three Pieces for Solo Piano Alexander Scriabin
Etude in c#, Op.2, No. 1 (1887, publ. 1893)
Etude in Ab, Op.8, No. 8         (publ. 1895)
Prelude in eb, Op.11, No. 14    (publ. 1897)
Three solo piano preludes, Op. 32   (1910) Sergei Rachmaninov
No. 11 in B
No. 12 in g# 
No. 10 in b


Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano, H356 (1956) Bohuslav Martinu
Rumanian Folk Dances  (1915)
      (transcribed for clarinet by Chester Brezniak)
Béla Bartók
Dance With Sticks
Waistband Dance
Stamping Dance
Rumanian Children’s Polka
Quick Dance

Piano by Blüthner, Leipzig, 1877

For this program, Chester Brezniak will play a model R13 Buffet clarinet in A, and a DG Prestige model Buffet Bb clarinet. The initials DG stand for Daniel Gautier, a chief acoustician and designer at Buffet for many years.  However, Mr. Brezniak uses a Morrie Backun "Fatboy" barrel and a Morales-Backun bell for the Bb Prestige clarinet; for the A, he usually keeps the original Buffet bell. Morrie Backun is a brilliant clarinet accessory innovator-designer-manufacturer whose products are used by many clarinetists the world over, including Ricardo Morales, principal clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Clarinetists experiment continually with mouthpieces, bells, barrels, and various clarinets, in their quest for tonal beauty. Cocobolo wood, of which these Backun barrels and bells are made, displays shades of dark and light brown wood, a striking effect often noted by audience members at concerts.

All pianos played in the concerts are from The Frederick Collection.

Unless otherwise stated, concerts are held at the Ashburnham Community Church, Main Street (Rte. 12) at Chapel Street.

Admission: $10.00 /adult (children and students, free)

The building is wheelchair accessible.

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