Welcome to Cuivre! Horn Choir

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Cuivre! Merced’s French Horn Choir, is open to all Horn players from Junior High and up. Each rehearsal will begin with a mini Master Class on French Horn playing, then apply the techniques learned to horn music of various styles, composers, arrangers and periods.

Cuivre! Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 6:45 p.m to 8:15 p.m. Cuivre! began rehearsing at Gottschalk Music Center, 355 West Main Street, Merced California. However, beginning in June 2014, Cuivre! began rehearsing in the Band Room at Our Lady of Mercy School, 1400 E. 27th Street, Merced, California.

The Master Classes/Rehearsals are free.

For more information, send an email to cuivrehornchoir@yahoo.com

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First Annual Concert

Cuivre! gave its first concert at the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Merced on June 24, 2017. Here’s the program:

Fanfare from Rondeau by Mouret……. Jean-Joseph Mouret, 1729
Arranged by Ken Mackie

The Suite of Symphonies for brass, strings & timpani No. 1 was written by Jean-Joseph Mouret, in the baroque era of music. The first movement of this piece, the rondeau, is widely known and commonly used in weddings, and notably on the PBS program Masterpiece Theater.

La Dampière………………………… Marquis de Dampierre

Fanfare for three hunting horns

Marc-Antoine de Dampierre was a master of the hunt, the horn and composer. He inspired the horn in D, the predecessor to the hunting horn. He was nicknamed the “Father of the Hunting Bands.” This well-known hunting fanfare bears his name: “La Dampière”.

Canzon Seconda a Quattro……… Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1613)
Transcribed by Ken Mackie

Giovanni Gabrieli was an Italian composer and organist. Canzon Seconda a Quattro simply describes the Second Song for Four instruments of a series of Songs. In this piece Gabrieli introduces a short tune or motif that is then tossed about the group. He introduces motif after motif, all of which go from one player to another before finally returning to the opining motif, signaling an end to the Canzon.

Brich an, o schones Morngenlicht…………………………………….. J.S. Bach

Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light                                                                           Transcribed by Ken Mackie

This hymn for the Epiphany season is unusual in that the harmonizer of the melody, usually considered the least important part of a hymn, is the most prominent contributor of all those associated with this composition. The melody was composed by Johann Schop, and the harmonization of the melody was composed by Johann Sebastian Bach.

The Magic Flute…………………….. W. A. Mozart
Arranged by Ken Mackie

                Overture

                Queen of the Night

                Papageno Papagena

The Magic Flute (German: Die Zauberflöte), is an opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. The work is in the form of a Singspiel, a popular form that included both singing and spoken dialogue.

America the Beautiful……………………… Samuel A. Ward
Arranged by Kathie Mackie

“America the Beautiful” is an American patriotic song. The lyrics were written by Katharine Lee Bates, and the music was composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward. This arrangement was composed by our very own composer in residence, Kathie Mackie.

ALPHORNS

Echo-Rufe 2……………………………. Hans-Jurg Sommer

Literally “Echo Call”. A call and answer piece for two Alphorns.

Alphornjagd…………………………. Englebert Aschaber

This is a hunting song for Alphorns. Note the difference between this, and La Dampière.

All is Well in the Valley……………… Traditional
Arranged by Ken Mackie

Since ancient times the Alphorn has sounded as a part of the daily activities of the shepherds and cowherds of these mountain people. It was the twilight signal for the flocks of sheep to settle in for the night as the shepherds exchanged rustic melodies across the valleys. Tunes such as “All is Well in the Valley” were passed down through countless generations, from shepherd father to shepherd son.

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Coney Island Babe……………………. Les Applegate
Transcribed by Ken Mackie

“Goodbye, My Coney Island Baby” is a popular barbershop song composed in 1924 by Les Applegate. The lyrics are not related to Coney Island directly, but are about a man abandoning his lover (whom he apparently met at Coney Island) to avoid marriage, the drudgery of which is lamented in the middle section.

Come Again: Sweet Love Doeth Now Invite……… John Dowland
Transcribed by Ken Mackie

In the days before television and social media, friends would gather together to sing motets and madrigals. This one, by John Dowland, is a bittersweet love song.

“Come again, sweet love doth now invite; Thy graces that refrain to do me due delight; To see, to hear, to touch, to kiss, to die; With thee again in sweetest sympathy.”

Hymn to the night…………………….. L. Beethoven
Transcribed by Bernard Dewagtere

This is a beautiful transcription of Beethoven’s Hymn to the Night: “Holy night, O you heavens pour peace in this heart, Bring the poor pilgrims repose, sweet solace his pain! Hell already glows, the stars greet from the blue distance: Would like so much to be with you flying skyward.”

Shenandoah………………………. American folk tune
Arranged by Ken Mackie

Shenandoah is said to have originated with French voyageurs traveling down the Missouri River. The lyrics tell the story of a trader who fell in love with the daughter of an Algonquian chief, Shenandoah.

Fantasia on My Father’s World……. Arranged by Ken Mackie

“This is My Father’s World” is a well-known hymn written by Maltbie Davenport Babcock. The poem was set to music in 1915 by Franklin L. Sheppard, a close friend of Babcock. Most sources state that Sheppard adapted the music from a traditional English melody that he learned from his mother as a child. If you listen closely, you’ll notice that the tune was adapted to represent the Hobbit’s Shire in the Lord of the Rings movies.

Jerico………………………. Traditional Spiritual
Arranged by Ken Mackie

The song is believed to have been composed by slaves in the first half of the 19th century. Some references suggest that it was copyrighted by Jay Roberts in 1865. The lyrics allude to the biblical story of the Battle of Jericho, where the sound of trumpets caused the walls to come a-tumblin’ down.

Cuivre! Members, in alphabetical order: John Gottschalk, B. J. Humpel, Adrienne Lopes, Kathie Mackie, Ken Mackie, and Jill Rowney.

Cuivre! Performs at the Kamanger Theater

On October 8, 2016, Cuivre! performed as part of the Merced’s Got Talent program at the Art Kamanger Theater

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Cuivre! members, from left to right: Ken Mackie, Marion Knight, Kathie Mackie, Jill Rowney, John Gottschalk

The program included a selection of the choir’s favorites: Fanfare from Rondeau by Moure; Canzon Seconda a Quattro, by Giovanni Gabrieli; Fughetta, by G. F. Handel; Fantasia on My Father’s World, Arranged by Ken Mackie; America the Beautiful, by Samuel A. Ward, Arranged by Kathie Mackie; and Jerico, Traditional Spiritual, Arranged by Ken Mackie.

Afterwards Merced’s foremost Alphornists John Gottschalk and Ken Mackie performed Echo-Rufe 1, by Hans-Jurg Sommer; Echo-Rufe 2, by Hans-Jurg Sommer; Alphornjagd, by Englebert Aschaber; and All is Well in the Valley, Traditional, Arranged by Ken Mackie.

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Alphornists John Gottschalk, left, and Ken Mackie, right, playing “Echo Rufe 1” on 12′ long Alphorns at the Art Kumanger Center in Merced, California.

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Merced’s premier Alphornists performing “Echo Rufe 2.”

A Fun Night at the Merced Street Fair

On July 21, 2016 a quartet from Cuivre! had some fun playing at the newly revived Merced Street Faire. The group played a set of pop tunes, including: Daisey Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two), Funiculi-Funicula, Give My Regards to Broadway, Hello! Ma Baby, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, The Band Played On, Yankee Doodle Boy, You’re a Grand Old Flag, and an arrangement of America the Beautiful by member Kathie Mackie.

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Cuivre! quartet, from left to right: John Gottschalk, BJ Humpel, Kathie Mackie, Ken Mackie

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Ok, John, here’s one you haven’t seen.

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Ever the professional, Kathie studies her part while Ken cracks jokes.

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Um, guys, this is not supposed to be a solo piece.

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That’s better.

To paraphrase Starman:

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Green light: play.

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Red light: stop.

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Yellow light: play very fast.

With the setting sun and the last note played, it’s time to take a bow. But, wait a minute!

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Photobombed!

Finally, to thunderous applause:

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Curtain call.

 

Next up: Cuivre! will perform at the Art Kamangar Center at the Merced Theater on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 5:30 p.m., followed by John and Ken on the Alphorns at 6:30.

And Cuivre! will be returning to play Oom-Pah music for the Octoberfest dinner at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Turlock on October 30, 2016.

Cuivre! Performs at Merced RiverFest

Cuivre! performed at the Merced RiverFest on June 4, 2016. The performance included Ken Mackie and John Gottschalk on the Alphorns, and a world premiere performance of the horn choir version of Rondo Boogie by Kathie Mackie.

Merced River Fair Program

Fanfare from Rondeau by Mouret…………………………………… Jean-Joseph Mouret, 1729

Le Rendez-vous de Chasse…………………………………………………Gioachino Rossini, 1828

Arranged by Didier Favre

Hymn to the Night…………………………………………….. Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827

Transcribed by Bernard Dewagtere

Jerico………………………………………………………………………. Traditional Spiritual

Arranged by Ken Mackie

ALPHORNS

Echo-Rufe 2……………………………………………………………………….. Hans-Jurg Sommer

Alphornjagd………………………………………………………………… Englebert Aschaber

All is Well in the Valley…………………………………………………………….. Traditional

Arranged by Ken Mackie

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Canzon Seconda a Quattro…………………………………………. Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1613)

Rondo Boogie…………………………………………………………….. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Arranged by Kathie Mackie

Coney Island Baby……………………………………………………………………….. Les Applegate

America the Beautiful………………………………………………………………. Samuel A. Ward

Arranged by Kathie Mackie

Stars and Stripes……………………………………………………………….. John Philip Sousa

Arranged by Ken Mackie

Cuivre! Members, in alphabetical order: John Gottschalk, B. J. Humpel, Louise Knight, Adrienne Lopes, Kathie Mackie, Ken Mackie, and Jill Rowney.

Cuivre! Performs at Good Shepherd’s Oktoberfest

Cuivre! traveled to Turlock on Sunday, October 25, 2015 to perform at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church’s Oktoberfest celebration. The group played a mixed program of Oktoberfest Musik, Alphorn music and music written or arranged for horn choir:

OKTOBERFEST MUSIK

Ein Prost…………………………………………………… Traditional German

Arranged by Ken Mackie

Ein Prost – A Toast, is the traditional German drinking song. A must for any Oktoberfest!

Ach du Lieber Augustine……………………………………………. German Folktune

“Oh you dear Augustine.” This song is said to have originated at the time Vienna was struck by the bubonic plague. Augustin was a singer and bagpiper. Drunk and on his way home one night he fell in the gutter and went to sleep. He was mistaken for a plague victim by the gravediggers patrolling the city. They picked him up and dumped him along with his bagpipes into a mass grave of plague victims. When Augustin woke up, he was unable to get out of the deep pit. After a while he started to play his bagpipes. Finally people heard him and he was rescued. Augustin became a symbol of hope for Viennese people.

Gaudeamus Igitur……………………………………………… European

“So Let Us Rejoice!” Quite possibly the oldest student drinking song.

On the Banks of the Rhine with a Stein……………………. Harry von Tilzer (1910)

Arranged by James Moule

Transcribed for Horn Choir by Ken Mackie

Von Tilzer was born Harry Gumm. Harry adopted his mother’s maiden name as his own and made it sound even classier by tacking on a “Von.” So impressive seemed the transformation that eventually all his brothers changed their last name to match his. Harry was a very popular American songwriter in his day.

Schnitzelbank…………………………………….. German drinking song

Arranged by Ken Mackie

“Working Bench” The lyrics would start with “Is this not your working bench? Yes this is my working bench. Working bench. Toast! Oh you beautiful, oh you beautiful, oh you beautiful working bench.” Each following verse would add something else to the list. This version also came with the performance directions “Faster, with more beer” for each verse!

Bohemian Polka……………………….. Alfred Jaell, circa 1852

Arranged by Ken Mackie

Not to be confused with “Bohemian Rhapsody” nor Weird Al Yankovich’s parody of it, also called “Bohemian Polka”, this song isn’t a drinking song, but it is fun to play!

Beer Barrel Polka……………….. Traditional German Folk Song

This song is well known for its Americanized lyrics, “Roll out the barrel, we’ll have a barrel of fun…”

ALPHORNS

Echo-Rufe 1……………………………………………… Hans-Jurg Sommer

Echo-Rufe 2…………………………………………….. Hans-Jurg Sommer

All is Well in the Valley……………………………………… Traditional

Brahms used this tune in his Second Symphony.

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Fanfare from Rondeau by Mouret……………………. Jean-Joseph Mouret, 1729

This Fanfare is best known as the Masterpiece Theater theme.

Birch an, o schones Morgenlicht……………………… J.S. Bach, 1685-1750

Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light is one of this Lutheran composer’s chorales.

Le Rendez-vous de Chasse……………….. Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)

Arranged by Ken Mackie

Rossini is perhaps best known for writing the theme song for the Lone Ranger, well, actually, The William Tell Overture. This tune is a very typical Hunting Horn song. You can hear the hunters on the chase as they go further and further into the woods, to return victorious.

Jerico………………………………………….. Traditional Spiritual

Arranged by Kenneth R. Mackie

When one thinks of Jazz, one doesn’t usually think “French Horns”! Here, the horn choir shows off the versatility of the horn with a jazzy version of a traditional spiritual. If you listen carefully, you can hear the horns’ blowing that eventually brought down the walls of ancient fortress.

Fantasia on My Father’s World………………….. Maltbie Babcock

Arranged by Kenneth R. Mackie

A portion of This is My Father’s World was used in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy every time the Shire was mentioned. In this arrangement, the melody flows fluidly from part to part, as if a swirling river of music.

Cuivre! Members, in alphabetical order:

John Gottschalk, B. J. Humpal, Marleen Isleib, Adrienne Lopes, Kathie Mackie, Ken Mackie, and Jill Rowney.