I devoted this week’s episode to Italian music and culture. I performed selections by Vivaldi, Mercadante, and Genin and discuss music in Dante’s “Commedia,” one of the most fascinating topics I’ve researched and written about.
Genin, Theme and Variations on Carnival of Venice
Vivaldi, Largo from Concerto in C Major for piccolo and orchestra (with my recording of the piano part)
Mercadante, Variations on Rossini’s “Per cara quest’anima” from Armida
Talk on Dante with musical examples
For further reading, here’s the link to my paper “The Music of Dante’s Purgatorio” in Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies
Today’s episode featured the theme of opera. I performed:
Gluck, Minuet and Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Orpheus ed Euridice
Robert Maggio, Elysian Fields
Then we played Name that Tune from operatic flute parts: Bizet, Entr’acte from Carmen; Bellini, Casta Diva from Norma; Rossini, excerpt from Overture to William Tell; Schoenberg, Moses und Aron; Verdi, excerpt from La Traviata
Dvorak, Songs My Mother Taught Me for an early Mother’s Day piece Click here for my performance with Charles Abramovic on YouTube. To purchase my arrangement, click here.
Here are the live stream videos of Mimi’s performance of the Mozart flute quartet cycle with members of the Jasper String Quartet from Dolce Suono Ensemble’s “Fall for Chamber Music” event on January 30, 2019. After the performance, the artists gave a masterclass ffor chamber ensembles from Temple Music Prep and Haverford College.
I played Syrinx for Debussy’s birthday while at the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, onstage between rehearsals at the University of Rhode Island. I was delighted to return to the festival and honored to be a part of its 30th anniversary celebration this summer. It was exciting to perform the premiere of David Ludwig’s Paganiniana with a wonderful group led by Jasmine Lin, solo violin, Ricardo Morales, clarinet, Noah Geller, violin, Efe Baltacigil, cello, Natalie Zhu, piano and KCMF Artistic Director, and Mari Yoshinaga, percussion. It was like a Curtis reunion with several of my classmates – we had lots of fun!
This year was a special one for my relationship with Debussy’s music, as my Dolce Suono Ensemble presented our “Claude Debussy Centennial Festival” marking the centennial of the great composer’s death in 1918. The two concerts are being broadcast on WWFM The Classical Network on August 21 and 23 in celebration of Debussy’s birthday.
It was a pleasure playing Syrinx surrounded by these beautiful bouquets I received for my birthday. As I played, I looked at individual flowers and felt I was responding to the profusion of colors and textures.