FREDERICK HISTORIC PIANO COLLECTION
Piano Concerts Series
Ashburnham Community Church
Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 4: 00 p.m.
|Chester Brezniak, clarinet
Malcolm Halliday, piano
(Click on name for Bio)
|Sonata for clarinet & piano, Op. 167 (1921)
|II. Allegro animato|
|IV. Molto allegro|
|Florida Suite, H. 197, for piano (1929)
|River Night The throb of the wavelets on St. John's River on a dark summer night. The perfumed air, the pulsing of the water narcissus urged onward by the warm wind. From over the far hills floats up the orange moon to glorify this night of quiet mystery.|
|St. Augustine We invoke images of the pomp and splendor of Spain's military might; her dark dungeons seem to whisper to us cruel secrets. Ghosts of long-forgotten memories beckon to us and bid us pass by in silence.|
|Cypress Swamp Here is all dank blackness; here is ooze and slime; here have horrible giants been changed into sprawling trees, whose arms, like tentacles, seem to draw me into the dark stillness where I hear only the cry of age-old Indian gods whose souls are chained in this abode of evil.|
|Sun-drenched Palms The royal trees raise their plumed heads high over the glittering sands which border the great Atlantic. The sun beats down mercilessly, and huge black birds fly through the air. The sea thunders while the kingly palm stands sentinel in haughty grandeur.|
|Pines at Sunset The pines stand mute against the horizon; all around is flat, waste, forgotten. The sun slips wearily to rest, and in the pale twilight the stark pines dream of a peace that is akin to death.|
|Fantaisie Orientale for clarinet & piano (1913)
|Three songs from “Siete canciones populares españolas” (c.1913)
(transcribed for clarinet by Chester Brezniak)
|Manuel de Falla
|1. El paño moruno (The Moorish Cloth)|
|6. Canción (Lullaby)|
|7. Polo (Polo)|
Pieces for Clarinet (1919)
|I. Sempre piano, e molto tranquillo|
|III. Sempre forte|
for clarinet in A & piano (1922)
|II. Lent et soutenu|
|III. Vif et rythmique|
Piano to be selected from The Frederick Collection
All pianos played in the concerts are from The Frederick Collection
Ashburnham Community Church: 84 Main Street (Rte. 12) at Chapel Street, Ashburnham, MA (GPS: 42.6359, -71.9083)
Admission: $10.00 /adult (children and students, free)
The building is wheelchair accessible.
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