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UMS Concert Program, March 20, 1974: The Romeros --

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Concert: Fourth
Complete Series: 3875
Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan

The University Musical Society
The University of Michigan
The Romeros
Wednesday, Evening, March 20, 1974, at 8:30 Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Suite Espanola.............Gaspar Sanz
Pavana, Espafioleta, Gallarda, Villanos, Zarabanda, Rugcro, Paradetas, La Milcna de Cataluna, La Esfachata de Napoles, Canarios
Variations on a Theme from Mozart's Die Zauberflote . . Fernando Sor
Pepe Romero
Recuerdos de la Alhambra........Francisco Tarrega
Grand Overture............Mauro Giuliani
Angel Romero
Barcarolle and Danza Pomposa......Alexander Tansman
Celin Romero
Serenata Espanola...........Joaquin Malats
Leyenda..............Isaac Albeniz
Celedonio Romero
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3......Johann Sebastian Bach
Allegro moderato, allegro (trans. JOHN KNOWLES)
Estampas...........Federico Moreno Torroba
(Dedicated to the Romeros)
Gailando un fandango charro Amanccor
Remanso La Boda
La Siega Camino del molino
Fiesta en el pueblo Fuegos infantiles
El Baile de Luis Alonso.........Jeronimo Jimenez
(trans. Pepe Romero)
Farruca )........Manuel de Falla
Dance, from La Vida Breve ) (trans. Pepe Romero)
Celedonio, Celin, Pepe, Angel Romero
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Suite Espanola................Sanz
Gaspar Sanz (16401710). The guitar was one of the instruments, with the lute, organ and vihuela, for which the first written music was published in the form of the socalled tablature. During the second half of the seventeenth century, the first great renaissance period for the guitar, Gaspar Sanz was the outstanding virtuoso of the late Spanish school of guitarists. His didactic work, Instruction de musica sobre la guilarra cspanola, published in Zaragoza in 1674, is a jewel in the literature of the guitar.
Variations on a Theme from Mozart's Die Zauberflote......Sor
Fernando Sor was born in Barcelona, February, 1778, and died in Paris, July, 1839. He was of admirable precocity; without any music training he had composed several pieces for the guitir by the age of five. Six years later he went to study at the Monastery of Montserrat with Fray Anselmo Viola; there he composed most of his church music. When he was seventeen, his opera, Telcmaco, received its premiere at the Santa Cruz theatre in Barcelona with an overwhelming success. He concertized extensively throughout Europe as a solo guitarist and later in his life as a duo with the celebrated guitarist, Dionisio Aguado. These variations are among the most difficult in the repertoire.
Recuerdos de la Alhambra...........Tarrega
Francisco Tarrega was born in Villarreal (Castellon de la Plana) on November 29, 1852, and died in Barcelona on December IS, 1909. This extraordinary guitarist and composer started his career with a brilliant concert at the "Teatro de la Alhambra," after which he was invited to play for the queen of Spain, Dona Ysabel, and Princess Matilde. Tarrega was responsible for starting the renaissance that the guitar has enjoyed throughout the world to the present day.
In his Recuerdos de la Alhambra the composer masterfully captures the sound of the fountains of the Alhambra in its beautiful moorish gardens.
Grand Overture..............Giuliani
Mauro Giuliani was a renowned guitar virtuoso of the early nineteenth century. He was entirely selftaught and during his fascinating career, Beethoven became interested in him and wrote music for him to perform. Giuliani invented the guitar with a shorter fingerboard known as "la ghitarra di terza." He published some guitar solos and is also known today for his Con?certo in A major for guitar and orchestra.
Barcarolle and Danza Pomposa..........Tansman
The Polish composer, Alexander Tansman, was born in Lodz on June 12, 1897. Having studied and composed for the piano, he first appeared in public, playing his own piano works, in Paris in 1920. He made an extensive tour of the United States in 192728 and of the Far East in 1933, on both occasions as pianist, in performance of his own works for that instrument. Also to his credit are numerous chamber music and symphonic pieces, and during the short period during which he resided in Hollywood, he wrote scores for motion pictures. Most of his life, however, has been spent in Paris, to which he returned in 1946.
His music is distinguished by his considerable melodic gifts, fine craftmanship, and a vivacious rhythm; his harmonic style often involves bitonality, and there is some Impressionism indicative of his Parisian background.
The Suite Cavalina, of which the "Danza Pomposa" is the concluding movement, possesses the rhythmic and vital qualities inherent in his work; the scherzo from this suite, dedicated to Andres Segovia, won first prize at the International Contest in Siena, Italy.
Serenata Espanola..............Malats
Joaquin Malats was a Catalonian pianist and composer. The "Serenata Espanola" reflects all the deep feeling of Spain.
Isaac Albeniz was born May 29, 1860, in Camprodon and died May 18, 1909. His exuberant talent was obvious almost from his infancy. He gave his first concert when he was four years old. At six he studied in Paris with Marmontel for a few months. His concerts were eagerly awaited and some newspapers called him the "Spanish Rubinstein." By petition of Debussy, Faure and other distinguished composers the French government presented Albeniz the medal of the Legion of Honor.
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3.........BachKnowles
The Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, one of the most popular works by Bach, consists of only two movements. It was written for a small group of mostly soloistically treated instruments-three violins, three violas, three cellos, one double bass, and one harpsichord. The two Allegros are divided by two Adagio chords which stand for the traditional slow second movement.
Torroba, a contemporary composer presently living in Madrid, maintains a romantic style and writes for a virtuoso technique. His interpretations of the zarzuela and his creations of the modern versions of Spanish folklore have brought him fame, not only in Spain, but throughout the world.
El Baile de Luis Alonso.........JimenezRomero
Jimenez, a Spanish composer and for a time conductor of the Sociedad de Conciertos in Madrid, wrote mostly zarzuelas, composing more than fifty between 1882 and 1914. Among the best known is "El Baile de Luis Alonso."
An evocation of Spain, scintillating, brilliant, with a stylization of the rhythm of castanets forming the background, is noticeable in each of these two pieces by one of the recognized masters of the modern Spanish school.
Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra .... Sunday, 3:00, March 24 Thor Johnson, Music Director
Milhaud: Suite proven;ale; Debussy: La Mer; Revueltas: Sensemaya; Elgar: Enigma Variations.
Roumanian Folk Ballet.......Friday, 8:00, March 29
Kathak Dancers, North India.....Wednesday, 8:30, April 3
Early Music Consort of London.....Saturday, 8:30, April 13
Nikolais Dance Theatre.......Thursday, 8:00, April 18
and Friday, 8:00, April 19
Four Concerts -May 1,2,3, and 4
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA, Eugene Ormandy, Conductor THE UNIVERSITY CHORAL UNION, Jindrich Rohan, Guest Conductor
Yehudi Menuhin, Violinist; Beverly Sills, Soprano; Byron Janis, Pianist;
Janice Harsanyi, Soprano; Joanna Simon, Mezzosoprano;
Kenneth Riegel, Tenor; Michael Devlin, Bass.
May 1: Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in Bflat; Lutoslawski: Livre pour orchestra; Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Yehudi Menuhin, violinist.
May 2: CouperinMilhaud: Overture and Allegro from La Sultane; Bizet: Symphony in C; SaintSaens: Piano Concerto No. 5 in F major, Byron Janis, pianist; Debussy: Iberia.
May 3: Dvorak: Requiem Mass: University Choral Union; Janice Harsanyi, soprano; Joanna Simon, mezzosoprano; Kenneth Riegel, tenor; Michael Devlin, bass.
May 4: Shostakovich: Five Pieces for Small Orchestra; Haydn: Symphony No. 88 in G major; Mozart: "Exsultate, jubilate"; Charpentier: "Dupuis le jour" from Louise; Donizetti: Final Scene from Anna Bolena, Beverly Sills, soprano; Respighi: Roman Festivals.
Single concert tickets from $3.50 to $10.00
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