Program Notes: Pipe Organ Spectacular

Concerto, Op. 4, #1, HWV 289, G minor Instrumentation: strings Duration: 12 minutes The Composer – George Frederic Handel (1685-1758) The History – The Handel organ concertos, Op. 4, HWV 289-294, are six organ concertos for chamber organ and orchestra composed in London between 1735 and 1736 and published in 1738. Written as interludes in performances of oratorios in Covent Garden, they were the first works […]

Program Notes: Rachid Bernal, Piano – 7:30 Performance

Pictures at an Exhibition Duration: 35 minutes Composer – Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) The History – The suite is Mussorgsky’s most-famous piano composition, and has become a showpiece for pianists. It has become further known through various orchestrations and arrangements produced by other musicians and composers, with Maurice Ravel ‘s 1922 version for full symphony orchestra being by […]

Program Notes: Rachid Bernal, Piano – 2:00 Performance

Sonata No. 18, K. 576, D major Duration: 15 minutes The Composer – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1781) The History – 1789 The Piano Sonata No. 18 in D major, K. 576, was composed by Mozart as part of a set of six for Princess Frederica Louise of Prussia in 1789. It is often nicknamed “The Hunt” or “The Trumpet Sonata”, for […]

Program Notes: A Family Affair

Concerto for two cellos and orchestra, RV 531, g minor Instrumentation: strings, continuo Duration: 10 minutes The Composer – Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) The History – The Concerto in G minor, catalogued as RV 531, is the only double concerto for cello that Antonio Vivaldi ever wrote. Though its completion date is still debated, it is probable […]

Program Notes: The 3 B’s

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, BWV 1048, G Major Instrumentation: 3 violins, 3 violas, 3 cellos, continuo Duration: 10 minutes The Composer – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) The History – Bach wrote the Brandenburg Concertos between 1708 and 1723.  He appears to have selected the six pieces from concertos he had composed over a number of years […]