The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Music Recital Series will present a faculty chamber music recital featuring music for violin, clarinet, cello and piano at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at the River Campus.
Performing on this recital will be Department of Music faculty, including Dr. Sophia Han, violin; Dr. Gabrielle Baffoni, clarinet; Dr. Sara Edgerton, cello; and Matt Yount, piano. The recital will showcase music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Max Bruch and Paul Hindemith.
“We have enjoyed working on this program very much, and we hope the audience will likewise be inspired by hearing three beautiful compositions for violin, clarinet, cello and piano,” said Dr. Sara Edgerton, the cello soloist for this recital.
The concert will open with the “Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano, Op. 1, No. 3,” by Beethoven. Written in 1795, this trio is the third of a set of three trios published by Beethoven in Vienna, and belong to his “Early Period.” Virtuosic, bold and full of contrasts, this trio reflects Beethoven’s energetic, creative and innovative spirit.
Next on the program will be three movements from the “Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano” by German composer Max Bruch. Originally composed for the unusual combination of clarinet, viola and piano, this version with the substitution of cello for the viola part is also very popular. The three short pieces to be performed on this program include a very lyrical opening movement, a “Nocturne,” or evening song, and a rousing “Allegro agitato” to conclude the first half of the concert.
The second half of the program will be devoted to the “Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Violoncello and Piano” by the important 20th-century composer Paul Hindemith. This composition is a dramatic work with a huge range of emotions and styles. It draws upon influences from early Baroque fugues and walking bass lines, to dreamy Romantic melodies, to impetuous, complex modern idioms. Written in 1938, this significant work is a true masterpiece of the chamber music genre.
“These contrasting works are excellent representatives of the classical, romantic and 20th century styles in music,” Edgerton said. “From the virtuosity of the Beethoven trio to the enchanting Bruch trio, to the intensity of the Hindemith quartet, a wide range of emotions and colors will be presented this evening.”
Edgerton is professor of cello and string bass, and conductor of the Southeast Missouri Symphony. Han is a concertmaster and assistant professor of upper strings. Baffoni is assistant professor of single reeds and director of the Chateau Girardeau “Sundays at Three” series. Yount is instructor of piano, collaborative piano and chamber music.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts, Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265 or by visiting RiverCampus.org.