Since forming Terra Voce in 2006, cellist Andrew Gabbert and flutist Elizabeth Brightbill have delighted audiences with their virtuosity, diverse and innovative programming, and engaging, conversational style of presentation. In addition to their numerous performances on college campuses, they have appeared on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, in the Christ Chapel Chamber Series at New York City's Riverside Church, and as finalists in the National Flute Association's 2008 Chamber Music Competition in Kansas City. Together with four other flute and cello duos, Terra Voce has formed a commissioning circle devoted to supporting the creation of new works for this unique instrumental combination.
Terra Voce CD Notes:
1. Pájaros del Mar
Two Scotch Airs with Variations from A Treatise of Good Taste in the Art of Musick
2. Lady Anne Bothwel’s Lament
3. Sleepy Body
4. The Crow in the Sun
Antonio Vivaldi/Nicolas Chédeville
5. Vivace and Fugue from “Il pastor fido”
Waldir de Azevedo
Waldir de Azevedo/Hamilton Costa
7. Lembrando Chopin
Sonata No. 5 in C major, Op. 3
8. Pastorale (Allegro)
9. Non tanto adagio
10. Allegro assai
11. Short Trip Home
12. South Wind
13. Comb Your Hair and Curl It / Are You Ready Yet? / Wedding Reel
14. Song of the Birds
UK composer Graham Lynch’s (b. 1957) works have been performed by renowned ensembles such as the Hilliard Ensemble and BBC Symphony Orchestra. Graham originally composed the tango Pájaros del Mar (Sea Birds) as a wedding anniversary gift for two friends.
Following in the footsteps of G.F. Handel, Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762) of Tuscany came to London in 1714. He became widely known as a master of the violin and published numerous works and treatises which are important resources for today’s musician studying period practice. He also lived in Dublin, Ireland and it is clear that the music of both Ireland and Scotland found its way into Geminiani’s ear. From within his treatise, “A Treatise of Good Taste in the Art of Musick” we find these wonderful sets of variations on the Scottish Airs, Lady Ann Bothwel’s Lament and Sleepy Body. The lyrics of Lady Ann express the sadness of a woman who, while trying to calm her crying child, is also lamenting the absence of a husband gone off to war. The light-hearted tune of Sleepy Body matches humorous lyrics that describe the frustrations of sleeping with someone who snores.
The Crow in the Sun was written by Irish guitarist Dáithí Sproule (b. 1950). We first encountered it on a CD by Irish-American fiddler, Liz Carroll (accompanied by Dáithí).
A set of sonatas for musette and continuo was published in 1737 as “Il pastor fido,” Op. 13 by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741). These sonatas are now widely believed to have been the covert work of French musette player, Nicolas Chédeville (1705-1782) in an attempt to boost the acceptance of the musette as a respected instrument by association. Vivace and Fugue are two movements from Sonata No. 6.
“Chôro” is a style of music that developed from the mixing influences of African and European styles in 19th century Brazil. Originally focused on the terno, an instrumental combination of a flute, guitar, and cavaquinho (like a Brazilian ukulele), the instrumentation has since expanded and diversified. We thought that an arrangement for flute and cello would be a respectful but fresh combination. Waldir de Azevedo (1923-1980) was a virtuoso cavaquinho player, conductor, and composer. We include two of his pieces on this recording - Madrigal and Lembrando Chopin (Remembering Chopin). The second piece was co-written with guitarist Hamilton Costa in tribute to the influential music of the Polish composer Frédéric Chopin.
The Venetian oboe virtuoso and composer Giovanni Platti (1692-1763) spent most of his career in Würzburg, Germany as a court musician. Though the three movements of Sonata No. 5, Op. 3 for Flute and continuo were originally scored for traverso and continuo, we thought it was not too much of a stretch to adapt this for the modern flute and just a slightly realized cello as the continuo.
Edgar Meyer (b. 1950) is an American bassist and composer who blends elements of classical, folk, jazz, and bluegrass traditions. Short Trip Home was originally written for violin, bass, mandolin and guitar and presented on a recording featuring Joshua Bell.
South Wind was one of the first Irish traditional tunes that we played together, inspired by a flute/guitar arrangement by the Boland/Dowdall duo.
We start our Irish traditional set with the 9/8 jig Comb Your Hair and Curl It. We follow that with a pair of reels: Are You Ready Yet? (written by flutist Tom Doorley of the group Danú), finishing with the traditional Wedding Reel. In adapting this style of music for just a flute and cello we must acknowledge Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas for showing what was possible with just a fiddle and cello!
Song of the Birds is a Catalan folk song that became a signature piece performed by cellist Pablo Casals in recognition of the plight of refugees around the world. As Casals said, “Birds sing when they are in the sky, they sing: "Peace, Peace, Peace," and it is a melody that Bach, Beethoven and all the greats would have admired and loved.” Our arrangement was inspired by a performance by cellist Steven Isserlis.