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 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.

CUIVRE!

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.

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.