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UMS Concert Program, November 14, 1975: The University Of Michigan -- Michael Lorimer

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Concert: Third
Complete Series: 3968
Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan

The University Musical Society
The University of Michigan
Michael Lorimer
Friday Evening, November 14, 1975, at 8:30 Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Suite in D minor (1692).........Ludovico Roncalli
(dates unknown) Preludio--Allemanda--Gigua
Roncalli is known only by his book of guitar music published in 1692. He was an Italian, a nobleman, and clearly an excellent guitarist.
Suite in A minor (c. 1720).........Francois Campion
(c. 16801748) Prelude (allegro)--Allemande "La Furieuse"--Fugue (allegro)--Air--Rondeau
These pieces are included in a collection of Campion's music given by his nephew to the library of the king (Louis XV) in the year of Campion's death. Campion was an innovator and uses no less than eight different and bizarre tunings in the collection. His style leaned heavily toward the modern plucked style of guitar playing rather than the older strummed style. The Fugue played tonight is a good example of Campion's "modern" style.
Suite in D minor (c. 1732).........Santiago de Murcia
(c. 1680c. 1740) Preludio (allegro)-Allegro (Giga allegro dulzaina)--Gavota--Menuet
Santiago de Murcia was the tutor to Queen Maria Luisa Gabriela de Savoy, the first wife of Philip V of Spain. He published an important treatise on accompaniment with the guitar in 1714 and an eclectic collection of Spanish, Italian, and French music entitled Passacalles y Obras from which the present suite is drawn.
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Suite in C (1671)...........Francisco Corbetta
(c. 16151681) Prelude--Caprice de Chacone--Gigue--Menuet--Autre Chacone
Francisco Corbetta was born in Italy and traveled to France and England. His music spans the development of the baroque guitar in both Italy and France and he was a master of both styles. Regarded by his colleagues as the greatest guitarist, Corbetta was sought after as a teacher as well as a performer. His pupils include a number of professional players and a vast number of blue blooded amateurs--including Louis XIV, Charles II, Mme. la Duchesse d'Orleans, the Duke of York (later King James II), and Princess Anne (later queen).
Preludes (1940)...........Heitor VillaLobos
The music of Brazilian composer Heitor VillaLobos is a unique synthesis of European classical music (especially the music of J. S. Bach and Chopin) and Brazilian folk and popular music. A guitarist himself, VillaLobos lovingly dedicated himself to the composition of many works for the instrument; his Preludes and Etudes have quickly become a mainstay of its present literature, and as the Preludes played tonight indicate, each one demonstrates his seemingly unending ability to discover new exotic and colorful idiomatic resources of the guitar.
No. 1 in E minor, titled by VillaLobos "Lyric melody," is the most known of the set. Begin?ning with a haunting, sad melody it continues with a gay contrasting section reminiscent of the choros (Clwros is a type of improvised Brazilian popular music.)
No. 5 in D major, entitled "Hommage to the social life," is a waltz with three sections.
No. 3 in A minor, entitled "Bachianna," is indeed like Bach in form, but with the lyricism of popular Brazilian song.
No. 4 in E minor, called "Hommage to the Indians," features a section in harmonics (astonish?ing and beautiful belllike sounds which are produced by dividing the normal vibrating length of the guitar string into fractions.)
No. 2 in E major begins with a light sentimental melody very much in the style of the chdros; a contrasting section features elaborate virtuoso arpeggios.
Fantasia Sevilliana...........Joaquin Turina
Joaquin Turina, noted Spanish composer of character pieces for piano and zarsuelas (Spanish light comic operas), also composed many works for guitar. His Fantasia Sevilliana, written in the 1920's for Andres Segovia, is a brilliant showpiece for guitar which demonstrates Turina's charming impressionistic, flamencoinfluenced style. It is a colorful fantasy loosely based on the sevilliana, a flamenco dance from the southern Andalucian area of the Iberian peninsula.
Seasons (1974) (World premiere)........William Bolcom
Spring and Summer Dances
Summer Sounds
Harvest Time and Winter Onset
"Seasons" for guitar, written for Michael Lorimcr and commissioned by the Michigan Council for the Arts, is a pastoral piece, one of a long tradition of seasonal works. It starts and ends, how?ever, with winter, which is somewhat unusual, and the seasonal breaks in movements are not determined by the solstices--more by the moments one feels sure that things are changing, have changed, and will change again. Here in Michigan spring and summer flow together more than they do further East; late summer is almost another season from early summer; falls are both hearty and crepuscular; winters are long. In "Seasons" I used several kinds of guitar music to evoke the moods of each season (juxtaposing bluegrass with Spanish, bottleneck with Italian), but trying to keep a mood intact that is hard to define verbally--painters are better at it.
--William Bolcom
Capricho Catalan............Isaac Albeniz
(18601909) transcribed by Michael Lorimer
The compositions of Spain's great pianistcomposer Isaac Albeniz were influenced to a high degree by both the guitar and flamenco music, and thus speak quite naturally on the classical puitar. In fact, it is said upon hearing transcriptions of some of his piano music, such as the Capricho Catalan, played by the guitarist Tarrega, Albeniz himself declared that his music had found its rightful home.
Program notes by Michael Lorimer
The Baroque Guitar
Despite the recent revival in preBach music and the interest in instruments and interpretations based on original practices, the baroque guitar is still little known. The guitar came into popularity at the beginning of the 17th century, being just the right sort of accompaniment to the new styles of vocal and instrumental music. Guitar music was notated in chord symbols and the instrument was strummed, much in the same way as in today's folk music and popular music. About 1630 guitarists added the technique of plucking the strings in the manner of the lutenists. By the end of the century guitar technique had become a highly sophisticated mixture of the strumming and plucking styles as the music played tonight demonstrates.
The instrument Michael Lorimer plays tonight is an exact copy of an instrument built by Jean Voboam in Paris in 1687 for Mademoiselle de Nantes, Duchess of Bourbon, one of the daughters of Louis XIV. Members of the Voboam family were for generations the most respected baroque guitar builders.
Michael Lorimer
At age twentynine, Michael Lorimer is one of the world's leading classical guitarists as well as a distinguished teacher, transcriber, and scholar. A protege of the great Andres Segovia, he has presented concerts to soldout audiences for the past eight seasons, and last February and March he became the first American classical guitarist to tour Russia. This is Mr. Lorimer's second guitar recital in Ann Arbor.
William Bolcom
Born in Seattle in 1938, William Bolcom began piano study at the age of five. At eleven he entered the University of Washington as a private student in piano and composition; he took his B.A. there in 19S8. Further study with Darius Milhaud at Mills College, and at the Paris Con?servatoire, led to the composition of Dynamite Tonile, an opera for actors written with Arnold Weinstein, which, subsequent to its production by the Actors Studio Theater in 1963, won an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award. A doctorate from Stanford University pointed him toward a career in college music teaching, but since 1968 he has been a freelance composer, pianist (he helped spearhead the recent ragtime revival), composerinresidence (at the Yale Drama School and the N.Y.U. School of the Arts), and writer of articles on musical subjects (for Stereo Review and the forthcoming edition of Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians). A book written with Robert Kimball, Reminiscing with Sissle and Blake, was published by Viking Press in spring, 1973. His recent recording of the Piano Music of George Gershwin for the Nonesuch label has become a critical and popular success. He is currently teaching composition at the Uni?versity of Michigan School of Music. His recent (July 1974) release of Pastimes & Piano Rags (rags of James Scott and Artie Matthews) has already won critical accolades. Most of Bolcom's recordings, as pianist or composer, are on Nonesuch.
"World of Jelly Roll Morton".....Wednesday, November 19
Los Angeles Philharmonic.......Thursday, November 20
Zubin Mehta, Conductor; Samuel Mayes, Cellist
Haydn: Symphony No. 22 ("The Philosopher"); Dvorak: Cello Concerto; Wagner: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey, Siegfried's Funeral March, from Gotterdammerung, Prelude to Die Meistersinger
Pablo Casals Trio..........Sunday, November 23
Mozart: Trio in C major, K. 548; Leon Kirchner: Trio (1954); Brahms: Trio in C major, Op. 87
Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.....Monday, November 24
Gennaoy Rozhdestvensky, Conductor; Viktoria Postnikova, Pianist
KarlBirger Blomdahl: Symphony No. 3 ("Facetter"); Prokofieff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in
C major; Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5
Handel's "Messiah"........Friday, Saturday, Sunday,
December 5, 6, and 7 The University of Michigan Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
Shicemi Matsumo, Soprano John Stewart, Tenor
Elizabeth Patches, Contralto Adib Fazah, Bass
Donald Bryant, Conductor
Puccini's La Boh'eme, Canadian Opera Company . . Saturday, January 10
Detroit Symphony Orchestra.......Sunday, January 11
Aldo Ceccato, Conductor; Gina Bachauer, Pianist
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3; and Symphony No. 3 ("The Eroica")
Beaux Arts Trio...........Friday, January 16
Prague Madrigal Antiqua........Sunday, January 25
Christopher Parkening, Guitarist......Friday, January 30
The Romeros, Guitarists.........Monday, February 9
Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor........Sunday, February 15
Ljubljana Dancers, Yugoslavia......Sunday, February 22
P.D.Q. Bach...........Thursday, February 26
Special Benefit Concert........Saturday, February 28
Royal Tahitian Dancers .... .... Monday, March 1
Ensemble Nipponia..........Thursday, March 4
Prague Chamber Orchestra........Friday, March 19
Preservation Hall Jazz Band.......Saturday, March 20
Berlin String Quartet.........Monday, March 22
Beethoven: Quartet in Eflat, Op. 74 ("The Harp"); Schubert: Quartet in A minor, Op. 29 Detroit Symphony Orchestra........Friday, March 26
Aldo Ceccato, Conductor; The University Choral Union; Karen Altmak, soprano; Beverly
Wolff, contralto; Setii McCoy, tenor; Simon Estes, bass
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral")
Pennsylvania Ballet.......Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
March 29, 30, and 31 Waverly Consort, "Las Cantigas de Santa Maria" . . Thursday, April 1
Don Cossacks of Rostov.........Sunday, April 4
Sitara, Kathak Dancer..........Tuesday, April 6
May Festival...........WednesdaySaturday,
April 28, 29, 30, May 1
Burton Memorial Tower, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104 Phones: 6653717, 764253S

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