SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2020, 7:30 P.M.

First Parish Unitarian Universalist, Bedford, MA


KAMMERWERKE Double Wind Quintet Concert

Sergei Taneyev performed, composed, and taught during the Tchaikovsky era of the late nineteenth century. Andante, for wind dectet, was an unusual work for this era in that music for double wind quintet was not represented at that time. The one-movement work is rich in romantic melody.
Dmitri Shostakovich had a fondness for operetta and light music. In the 1950s, he composed an entertaining parody, Moscow Cheryomushki, which mocks the corruption and idealism of the post-Stalinist era. The music is energetically dance-like, and includes catchy and colorful tunes inspired by popular Russian songs, urban songs of the twenties, and songs by other Soviet composers. The work is filled with humor and satire.
Having performed as a violinist in taverns, Johannes Brahms became familiar with Hungarian songs. These provided inspiration for some of his most beloved works, twenty-one Hungarian dances. In Hungarian Dance No. 17, a slow introduction is followed by a joyous melody which unfolds in feverish frolic.
The Second Serenade by Brahms is unique in that it does not include violins, thereby creating a darker and richer ambiance. Tony Turrill’s arrangement of this work for double wind quintet more than adequately does justice to the original score. In five movements, the Second Serenade offers lovely melody, offbeat dance rhythms, and transparent instrumental color.