SATURDAY, June 10, 2017, 7:30 P.M.

First Parish Unitarian Universalist, Bedford, MA

KAMMERWERKE Double Wind Quintet Concert

The music of prolific twentieth century composer Malcolm Arnold is rich in color, expression, drama, diversity, and humor. Trevelyan Suite, Op. 96 includes the majesty of fanfares and a pensive and melodious slow movement for solo cello played by a bassoon. Arnold was originally a trumpeter and utterances by the winds are truly indicative of brass pronouncements. The work was written in 1968 for the opening of Trevelyan College, University of Durham.
Neil Gardner’s Kensington Gardens> typifies a philosophy that contemporary music should be conventional and accessible. The work, originally his Suite Op. 1 for Piano, represents a walk through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, and St. James Park. The work is melodious, lighthearted, and draws on Baroque forms such as the pastorale and march.
Reflections on a Sixteenth Century Tune by Richard Rodney Bennett is a set of variations based on a sixteenth century French popular song called A l’ombre d’un buissonet, first printed in 1536. Four variations are set in a conservative twentieth century style which bring out a variety of rhythms, meters, colors, tempi, and moods. The double wind quintet’s bass section is augmented by the unique sounds of the English horn, bass clarinet, and contrabassoon.
Reflections, Serenade No. 2 by Guy Woolfenden is dedicated to English bassoonist William Waterhouse. The slow middle movement features an expressive bassoon solo. The two outer movements are typical of Woolfenden’s folksy, humorous, and jazzy style.
Suite Francaise by Guy Woolfenden is an octet – a dectet without French horns. The three movements, Pastorale, Waltz, and March, are melodious, filled with humor and fun. The lighthearted and sweet atmosphere of this work require nothing but an open mind for delight, enjoyment, and frolic.