Art Hoptober Fest, October 19, 2014

Cuivre! played in Gottschalk’s Music Center during the October Art Hop for the second year in a row. This year we performed a selection of Oktoberfest music in addition to our more standard horn choir fare.

This year we added Alphorns to our repetoire.

OKTOBERFEST!

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

“A Toast!” The lyrics to this drinking song are simply “A toast! A toast to happiness!”

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

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

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 and Augustin was a ballad singer and bagpiper, who toured Vienna‘s inns entertaining people. The Viennese loved Augustin because of his charming humour in bitter times and they called him “LiAugustin” (Dear Augustin). Once he was drunk and on his way home he fell in the gutter and went to sleep. He was mistaken for a dead man by the gravediggers patrolling the city for dead bodies. They picked him up and dumped him, along with his bagpipes which they presumed were infected, into a pit filled with bodies of plague victims outside the city walls. Next day when Augustin woke up, he was unable to get out of the deep mass grave. He was shocked and after a while he started to play his bag pipes, because he wanted to die the same way he lived. Finally people heard him and he was rescued from this dreadful place. Augustin became a symbol of hope for Viennese people.

 

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

“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!

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…”

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

We close out our Oktoberfest set with Ein Prost, played now as a ‘last call.’

ALPHORNS

Archaeological records of the Alphorn in Switzerland date back nearly two thousand years. Early instruments in the mountainous regions of the alps were used for signaling and to announce daily activities. Since ancient times the Alphorn has sounded as a part of the daily activities of the shepherds and cowherds of these mountain people. The Alphorn was used to calm the dairy cows at milking time. 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. Such melodies became ritual signals for “All is Well in the Valley” and were passed down through countless generations, from shepherd father to shepherd son. (http://www.alphorngruppe.com/history.html)

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

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

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

CUIVRE!

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

This Fanfare is best known as the Masterpiece Theater theme.

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 hear the theme popping up here and there among the different instruments before the composer takes a bit of it and has some fun, finally returning back to the original theme to finish the 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.

Morning Has Broken…………………………………….. Gaelic Melody

This popular hymn tune is based on a traditional Gaelic melody.

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

This is a delightful barbershop quartet piece arranged for horn choir. The second tenor sings the melody in a barbershop quartet. Arranged for horn choir, it give the second horn a chance to shine. Of course, true to form, everyone gets their chance to play a little solo.

Military Escort………………………………………. Harold Bennett

Composer Henry Fillmore also wrote under the pen name Harold Bennett. Military Escort is based on a bugle-call theme.

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