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.

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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.

Merced Mall Performances, December 2014

Cuivre! made its second annual appearance at the Merced Mall this past holiday season.

Performing at Merced Mall, Dec. 2014

Ken, John, Marleen, Adrienne, BJ, Brenda and Gwynne played a wide variety of Holiday music to an appreciative crowed of shoppers.

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Performing at the Merced Mall, 2014

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Selections included:
Carol of the Bells
March from the Nutcracker Suite
Dona Nobis Pacem
Angels We Have Heard on High
Of the Father’s Love Begotten
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Joy to the World
Cantique de Noel
Christmas Lullabies
Deck the Halls ala Bach
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Hallelujah Chorus

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