Cuivre! Performs at Atwater Baptist Church

Cuivre! Hornists, from left to right: Adrienne Lopes, Marleen Isleib, John Gottschalk, BJ Humpal, Ken Mackie

Cuivre! Hornists, from left to right: Adrienne Lopes, Marleen Isleib, John Gottschalk, BJ Humpal, Ken Mackie

On April 6, 2014, Cuivre! gave a concert at the Atwater Baptist Church. The program lasted about 50 minutes and included a wide variety of horn repetoire, as well as a selection of audience sing-along hymns:

Program
April 6, 2014

Fanfare From Rondeau by Mauret…………………………… Jean-Joseph Mouret, 1729

This Fanfare is best known as the Masterpiece Theater theme.

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

This piece, written for Swiss Alphorns, can be played on the French Horn without using any valves. Here we have the effect of two Alphorns echoing back and forth across a narrow valley in Switzerland

Amazing Grace…………………………………………… William Walker, 1835
Arr. Ken Mackie

William Walker was an American Baptist songleader. In 1835 he set a poem by John Newton to music and Amazing Grace became one of the most popular folk hymns. In this arrangement the familiar tune begins as if floating on the wind, fragments mixing with distant echoes. It was inspired by hearing pipe bands practicing in Edinborough Castle at twilight, their tunes floating on the wind from a half-mile away.

I Walk In the Garden*

Fughetta…………………………………………………G. F. Handel, 1685-1759
Arr. Sjoerd van der Veen

Handel is perhaps best known for his oratorio The Messiah, with its ever-popular Hallelujah Chorus. Here we see a different side of this Classical Composer, a short instrumental fugue. In a fugue, you can here the theme popping up here and there among the different instruments before the composer takes a bit of it and has some fun.

Mon Couer se Recommande a Vous…………………………… Orlando di Lasso, 1532-1594

Transcribed for Horn Choir by Ken Mackie

Here we go back further in time, to the Renaissance Period, to play a four-part choral motet. The lyrics tell of an unrequited love:

My heart commends itself to you,
Full of weariness and torment;
Despite jealous eyes, at least
Let me bid you farewell

 

Hymn to the Night………………………………………. Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827
Transcribed by Bernard Dewagtere

This is the theme of Beethoven’s Andante-Sonata, Opus 57.

Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus!*

Hornpipe……………………………………………….. G. F. Handel, 1685-1759

Handel wrote this as part of a suite composed for England’s King George I, after he requested a concert to be performed on the River Thames. The first performance was on barges floating on the river, with the King and his entourage of aristocrats on one barge, and the orchestra on another.

Finlandia ……………………………………………… Jean Sibelius, 1899

Originally written as a symphonic poem for orchestra, Sibelius later re-wrote the hymn-like section into a stand-alone piece.

Fantasia on My Father’s World…………………………….. Kenneth R. Mackie

“This is My Father’s World” was written by Maltbie Babcock. A portion of that tune was used as a recurring theme in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. In this arrangement, the melody flows fluidly from part to part, as if a swirling river of music.

Standing on the Promises*

Le Rendez-vous de Chasse…………………………………. Gioachino Rossini, 1828
Arranged by Didier Favre

This piece by Rossini captures the essence of the classical hunting horn. We can hear the gathering of the hunters, the beginning of the chase, and as we sit and watch and wait, we can hear the hunters as they ride through the woods, now approaching, now moving farther away, until at last they arrive at the conclusion of the hunt.

* Sing along.

Cuivre Members, in alphabetical order:
John Gottschalk, B. J. Humpal, Marleen Isleib, Adrienne Lopes, Ken Mackie.