A series of short "things you might enjoy" - presented by The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Keith Stanfield
Whilst entering the Cathedral and finding your seat. Once seated, you may remove it, but must put it on when moving around.
Bach's Chaconne for Solo Vioin will start at 7.00.
Gliere's Duets for Violin and 'Cello will begin around 7.18
Handel's Sonatas in D Major, G minor and F major will start at 7.30
Performers will be available after the concert should you wish to speak to them. This will take place outside of the Cathedral. When the concert ends, please leave swiftly to allow the cleaning staff to sanitize the Cathedral.
J.S Bach (1685-1750) - Partita for solo violin no. II in D Minor: IV. Chaconne
This final movement of the second partita Bach wrote for solo violin (one of his six celebrated solo works for the instrument) was written shortly after the death of his wife. The news of this sad event, which reached him away from home, permeates the duration of this work. It makes sense to me, as a Chaconne is a type of piece that establishes a chord pattern, and riffs continuously on that initial chord pattern. In emotional terms, it's a way at looking at something multiple different ways, letting reality sink in, and trying to negotiate with it.
The chord pattern, sounded at the beginning, is appropriately depressing. We are then taken through various stages of grieving. In the middle of the work, we have a more positive interpretation of the subject. To me, this is the ascendance of an innocent and worthy soul into heaven, where it is warmly received. The ending shifts our mind's focus back to those of us whom the deceased leave behind. Bereft and at a loss for solutions, life must somehow go on.
It's a work many serious violinists enter into a relationship with for their entire careers, changing and deepening their understanding of it over time. It is particularly moving to play it in this context, and also in this location of such a beautiful Cathedral.
Reinhold Gliere (1875-1956) Duets for 'Cello & Violin, III & IV
Reinhold Gliere is not a composer I am all together familiar with - myself being a typical violin centric musician. As far as I can recall, his name is far more well known amongst those of the wind and brass families.He did actually start out as a violinist. As a composer, he wrote numerous symphonic works and ballets. These charming short duets are incredibly sweet, romantic interludes, and a recent discovery of mine. We're going to try two of them this evening, and hope you enjoy them!
G.F. Handel (1685-1759) - 3 Sonatas for Violin, Harpsichord and Basso Continuo
Handel never ceases to bring a smile to my face. Whether its the peppy, pompous yet charming music which became the voice of the concept of justified aristocracy - or the movements which celebrate the courtly virtue of "Dignitas" - I am always aspiring to be a great champion of his violin music.
Any individual with such a titanic body of work, many of which was simply written in order to fulfill relatively mundane courtly functions, will always provide something of a haystack within which we must find needles. I will confess to snoozing through some of his endless Concerto Grossos (Vivaldi's work in this sort of genre I find to be far superior) - though this is never true for his SuperBowl winning works, namely "Music for the Royal Fireworks," "Water Music," & "Messiah" et al. These works for violin, harpsichord and continuo are truly remarkable though, as they capture something of the energy, emotion and spirit of those masterpieces, in a much condensed format. Whereas some of Bach's ensemble music can seem quite like being a naughty schoolboy being told off in the Headmaster's office yet again (an experience with which I am sadly all too familiar) - Handel really makes you feel good about yourself. It makes you feel purposeful, positively driven, and a little ridiculous too - which makes people smile and share in the fun. This evening we present three of the best ones - and there will be more to follow in the coming weeks!
Paul Turner is pastor of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City, Missouri and director of the Office of Divine Worship for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. He holds a doctorate in sacred theology from Sant’ Anselmo in Rome.
His publications include At the Supper of the Lamb (Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2011); Glory in the Cross (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2011); and Celebrating Initiation: A Guide for Priests (Chicago: World Library Publications, 2008). He is a former President of the North American Academy of Liturgy, a member of Societas Liturgica and the Catholic Academy of Liturgy. He is a recipient of the Jubilate Deo Award (National Association of Pastoral Musicians) and the Frederick McManus Award (Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions). He serves as a facilitator for the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. He answers questions about the liturgy daily on his blog.
An accomplished musician Paul recently recorded Tchaikovsky's "The Seasons" at the piano, and will be recording Beethoven's "Pathetique" Sonata later this month.
"Cellist Noemie Golubovic was born in Paris, France, earning her master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music in the United States of America.
Ms. Golubovic participated in the European Union Youth Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Academy, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, and French Youth Orchestra, has performed with orchestras including the Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National des Pays de Savoie & the Kansas City Symphony.
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