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Historical Piano Concerts Series
at the
Ashburnham Community Church

Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 4: 00 p.m.

Chester Brezniak, clarinet  Malcolm Halliday, piano Chester Brezniak, clarinet
Malcolm Halliday, piano
(Click on name for Bio)

Sonata for clarinet & piano, Op. 167   (1921)

Camille Saint-Saëns
I.   Allegretto
II.   Allegro animato
III.   Lento
IV.   Molto allegro
Florida Suite, H. 197, for piano   (1929)
Leo Sowerby
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)

Max d’Ollone
Three songs fromSiete 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)
Three Pieces for Clarinet   (1919)                                     

Igor Stravinsky
I. Sempre piano, e molto tranquillo
III. Sempre forte
Sonatine for clarinet in A & piano (1922)                                 
Arthur Honegger
I. Modéré 
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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