Conversations in Time
Original Music for Brass Quintet and Organ
Pro Organo CD 7242
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Digital Audio Producer / Engineer, Post-Production, Mastering: Frederick Hohman, Zarex HD Studio, South Bend, Indiana, USA
Producer for Gaudete Brass: Thomas G. Kociela
Cover Art: Sonya Barash, supplied with permission by Gaudete Brass
Booklet back cover photo: Marcelo Somerstein, supplied with permission by Gaudete Brass
Recorded on September 15, 16 and 17, 2010
Paul Von Hoff
1. Pièce héroïque • Ivan Jevtic • publ. Éditions Bim & The Brass Press • www.editions-bim.com • 4:14
2. Canzon XII from Canzoni e sonate  Giovanni Gabrieli, arrangement © Paul Von Hoff • 3:19
3. Chorale Prelude on Lord of All Hopefulness • John Cheetham • © Coypright 2010 John Cheetham / BoonesLick Press, Columbia, Missouri. All rights reserved. • 6:20
Three Impromptus for Organ and Brass Quintet (2010) Jessica A. Hunt (ASCAP) • publ. Glenlake Press (ASCAP)
4. I. Meditation • 2:45
5. II. Romanza • 4:44
6. III. Scherzo • 2:29
7. Septimi Tempi • Robin Dinda publ. Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc. • 3:39
8. Canzon XIV from Canzoni e sonate  Giovanni Gabrieli, arrangement © Paul Von Hoff • 3:35
Diletto Te Deum, Op. 118 (1991) • Bernhard Krol (b. 1920) publ. Wolfgang G. Hass-Musikverlag-Köln www.Haas-Koeln.de
9. I. Maestoso • 5:22
10. II. Con fuoco • 4:13
11. III. Presto • 3:25
12. IV. Tranquillo • 6:19
13. V. Andante con moto • 5:31
14. Canzon duodecimi toni, from Sacrae Symphoniae  Giovanni Gabrieli, arrangement © Paul Von Hoff • 3:49
15. Fanfare for Canterbury Cathedral • David Sampson • 1:37 publ. Éditions Bim & The Brass Press • www.editions-bim.com
16. Confitemini Domino • Carlyle Sharpe • 4:28 publ. Hinshaw Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
The pairing of brass and organ is in many ways a natural combination. Brass instruments can complement the formidable power and expressive color palette of the organ, and both have long histories in liturgical settings. It is quite surprising that few recordings can be found that are completely devoted to showcasing this excellent pairing as a chamber ensemble. Together, brass quintet and organ are capable of a wide range of styles, color, and expression.
We may understandably associate this combination of instruments with heroic music in large, cathedral-like settings, but this recording, in a church which barely accommodates 200 people, and employs a two-manual organ of modest size, demonstrates that this repertoire need not be limited to the bombastic - there are untapped possibilities for intimate chamber music as well. It is the hope of the artists that this recording will encourage more performers and composers to discover, commission and compose more music for brass quintet and organ.
Ivan Jevtic’s compositions, which have focused on chamber music and concertos, have been performed all over the world. His Pièce héroïque is a very emotionally intense work. It challenges both the performers and the listener with its rapidly shifting character, chromaticism, and complex color palette. The mood is indeed heroic, but not blandly celebratory, suggesting rather a victory over spiritual struggle.
Giovanni Gabrieli was principal organist and composer at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. These three selections represent the Venetian polychoral style that flourished in St. Mark’s, taking advantage of its multiple choir lofts and magnificent acoustics. Gabrieli probably wrote many of the intricate upper lines for the maestro di cappella of St. Mark’s instrumental ensemble, cornettist Giovanni Bassano. On this recording, flügelhorns are used by the trumpet players to suggest the color, articulation and blend of Bassano’s cornetto. The organ registration is intentionally suggestive of the mild and reedless Italian organs of the period, with their very vocal style of voicing.
John Cheetham is Professor Emeritus of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His setting of “Lord of all hopefulness” is based on the popular hymn tune first published in 1931 in “Hymns of Praise” (Oxford University Press). It is derived from an Irish folk tune collected in the village of Slane. Cheetham treats the hymn as a chorale prelude, first stating the theme in its entirety in the brass, then fragmenting it and passing it off to different members of the group. It is finally restated plainly in the organ, overlaid with elaborate embellishments by the brass. This is Dr. Cheetham’s second composition written specifically for the Gaudete Brass, the first of which was the Sonata for Brass Quintet, written in 2008.
Jessica A. Hunt is a composer, pianist, and vocalist in Chicago, Illinois. Her Three Impromptus for Organ and Brass Quintet consists of contrasting movements that are united tonally by a twelve-tone row. The twelve-tone theme, stated at the outset, is used not only to provide thematic inter-connections between movements, but is subjected to developmental techniques which we associate with traditional sonata form. This is Ms. Hunt’s second composition for the Gaudete Brass Quintet, the first of which was Three Movements for Brass Quintet.
Robin Dinda is currently Professor of Humanities at Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and Director of Music at the First Parish in Pittsburgh. Septimi Tempi is a play on the titles of the Gabrieli canzoni signifying the 7/8 time signature of this lively and cheerful piece.
Bernhard Krol is a prolific German composer and former horn player with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Radio Symphony Stuttgart. His compositional training was in the atonal Second Viennese School, but his compositions are in a tonal style, in
which we hear echoes of both Hindemith and Reger. Diletto Te Deum (subtitled “earthly pleasures in God”) takes the theme of each movement from individual phrases of the traditional medieval chant used for the Te Deum Laudamus text (We praise thee,
O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord). The fifth movement also includes a cantus firmus statement of the tune Grosser Gott, wir loben dich, known in American hymnals as “Holy God, we praise thy name,” familiar to most church-goers as sung to a rhymed, metrical English paraphrase of the Latin Te Deum text.
David Sampson has written many works for brass quintet including some of the most significant works in the repertoire such as his Morning Music. The short fanfare heard here has been scored by the composer for either organ and brass quintet or two
brass quintets. The fanfare works well within an antiphonal setting, and both this work and the Gabrieli canzoni were recorded with the quintet at the opposite end of the church from the organ.
Carlyle Sharpe is currently Associate Professor of Music in Composition and Theory at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. His work Confitemini Domino won the Holtkamp-AGO Composition Award for 1997-98. The music employs two contrasting themes which are developed to explore a variety of textures. The first theme begins with the entrance of the brass, accompanied by virtuosic toccata-like figuration for the organ, and the second theme begins with the first lyrical statement by the trombone.
notes by Paul Von Hoff
and Robert Benjamin Dobey
The artists would like to thank Grace Episcopal Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin for their hospitality and support.
Robert Benjamin Dobey is a native of Arlington, Virginia, and was active for many years in the Washington, D.C. area as an organist, conductor, accompanist, singer, and college teacher. He holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music. He also studied organ and voice at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, Germany, on a Fulbright grant, and spent two years at Wells Cathedral in England as a choral scholar. He is currently Organist and Choirmaster at Grace Episcopal Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He has released five solo organ CDs on the Pro Organo label.
The Charlotte Kohler Memorial Organ at Grace Episcopal Church, Sheboygan
Schoenstein & Company • 20 voices • 23 ranks • Electro-pneumatic action
About the Quintet
Founded in 2004, the Gaudete Brass Quintet is devoted to presenting serious chamber music at the highest level of excellence and to encouraging worldwide appreciation of the art of chamber music on brass instruments through live performances, recordings, education and the creation of new works. The quintet is committed to expanding the brass quintet repertoire, commissioning works by noted composers such as David Sampson, Jan Bach and Stacy Garrop, as well as working with emerging young artists through programs such as the advanced composition course at Columbia College-Chicago and the composition program at Roosevelt University. The GBQ is also dedicated to historically informed performances of Renaissance music, creating and performing their own editions of these works. They have performed in many prominent concert venues, including Merkin Hall in New York City, the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts Chamber Music Series and Millennium Park’s Onstage at Noon. The quintet has served as Artist-in-Residence at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. They have performed on live radio broadcasts “Live from the Mayne Stage” on Chicago’s WFMT, “Live in Studio C” program on Nashville Public Radio, the 21st Century Classical program on WMSE in Milwaukee, and Kenosha Public Radio. The Gaudete Brass has created perhaps the world’s first collaboration of brass quintet and theremin with classical theremin virtuoso Randy George. The quintet has had the privilege of performing the National Anthem at MLB, NBA and WNBA games. The GBQ has also performed Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Brass Quintet and Wind Ensemble, Shadowcatcher, with the Saint John's University/College of Saint Benedict's Wind Ensemble and the Carthage College Wind Orchestra. Gaudete has presented performances and educational programs on tour to a number of universities colleges and conservatories including The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Vanderbilt University, the University of Chicago, the University of Missouri, Western Illinois University, the University of Georgia, the University of Alabama, Furman University, St. Cloud State University, Western Carolina University, Eastern Illinois University, and the University of Notre Dame. In 2006, the Gaudete Brass released its first CD (featuring Andre Previn's Four Outings for Brass), which was honored with the CDBaby Editors’ Choice distinction and nominated for the 2009 Just Plain Folks Best Classical Chamber Album. To find out more about the Gaudete Brass Quintet please visit the website: www.gaudetebrass.com.