Sunday, November 07, 2004

Corinne Webb: Senior Recital


“Allegro” from Horn Concerto No. 3 in Eb Major, K447……W.A. Mozart

French Horn - Corinne Webb

Piano - Sonja England

“Gardens in the Rain” from Estampes………………...…Claude Debussy

Piano - Corinne Webb

Sonata for Horn.…………………………...…..……….Paul Hindemith

French Horn - Corinne Webb

Piano - Sonja England

“The Wanderer” from Songs without Words…………....Felix Mendelssohn

Piano - Corinne Webb

Excursions, No. 1, Op 20 ………...…………...………….Samuel Barber

Piano - Corinne Webb

Trio for Brass …………………………P. Koepke, P. Hall, V. Barvinsky

I. Prelude II. Winter III. A Light Rain

French Horn - Corinne Webb

Trombone - Andrea Webb

Trumpet - William Webb

The All-American Hometown Band….…………..Walter and Carol Noona

Piano - Corinne Webb

Piano - Andrea Webb

Claude Achille Debussy (1862-1918), arguably the most influential Impressionistic composer of his time, started his piano career at the age of nine. He was trained at the Paris Conservatoire and it was there that he quickly became frustrated with piano performance and decided to pursue composition. He married Rosalie Texier, but within ten years, left her and married Emma Bardac in 1908. The next year, he found out that he had cancer. Also complicating his life was World War I, dying on March 25, 1918 as the German artillery marched into Paris.
Much of his work was inspired by the impressionistic visual artists and poets of his time. In fact, one of his most well-known works, L’apres-midi d’un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun), was inspired by his close friend and impressionistic poet, Stephane Mellarme. Also, the works of Wagner inspired him greatly, however he rejected the works of other Wagner-inspired composers such as Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss, preferring “simpler” ideas. He also did not believe that music should or could be formally analyzed through a set criteria. He stated, “There is no theory. You have only to listen. Pleasure is the law.”
Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the Rain), one of Debussy’s numerous works for solo piano, was written in 1903. He felt inspired to write Gardens in the Rain after attending The Paris Exhibition in 1889, where he heard oriental music. After attending the Paris Exhibition in 1889, he felt inspired to write a collection of movements from this exposure to new international music. Although Gardens in the Rain Gardens in the Rain is part of the Estampes collection, the last of which is Gardens in the Rain in this collection.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was one of the most well-known musicians of his time throughout Europe and still is recognized as one of the leaders of the Classical music era. A child prodigy, he started composing at the age of five. By the age of three, when most are still learning to speak a language. Mozart was able to pick up tunes by ear and play them back on piano. His father and an accomplished musician himself, Leopold Mozart, immediately realized his son’s musical genius. At the age of seven, Leopold Mozart hoped to profit from his son’s talents and took him on a tour of Europe, playing for the courts in Paris and London among other places. He and his father had a very unique and somewhat unhealthy relationship. Wolfgang resented the amount of control that his father had over his childhook, yet he was the person that he grew up closest to while touring Europe as a young child.
Mozart, having been deprived of any and every part of a normal childhood, never seemed to outgrow his child-like behavior throughout his adult life. Although he was widely known as one of the most talented musicians in Europe, his lack of tact often kept him from attaining the highest paying jobs that he yearned for. Throughout the beginning of his adult life, Mozart lived in many different cities including Salzburg and Munich, however none of these cities were large enough for a man of his talent. He eventually moved to Vienna and lived there for the remainder of his life. His cause of death was a high fever, probably scarlet fever, and no poison as rumor would have it. He ironically left one of his largest works for the church, his Requiem, unfinished upon his death. He was buried outside Vienna in an unmarked grave.
Mozart’s Concerto No. 3, Mvt. 1 was written in 1783. Four out of the five works that Mozart wrote for horn were written for his friend and well-known horn virtuoso, Ignaz Joseph Leutgeb. Leutgeb, was then a part of the Archbishop’s orchestra in Salzburg before moving to Vienna. Although Mozart’s Concerto No. 3 was not specifically written to be played by Leutgeb, historians find no reason not to believe that it was not written for him as all of the others were.

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963), a native to Germany, is a highly-regarded composer, conductor, violist, educator, and theoretician of 20th century music.
In addition to music, he also had interests in medieval philosophy and early church documents. He was able to play of the modern instruments to some extent, but was known as one of the most accomplished violists of his time. He did not stop at playing all of the instruments and he eventually wrote concerti for all of the instruments that he was able to play. Apparent in all of his music is the influence of Bach, even writing a collection of pieces in which he refers directly to Bach’s
The sonata for Horn was written by Hindemith in 1939. He piece has been recorded by many people including a duo by Mason Jones on horn and Glenn Gould on piano. Hindemith, who was known for writing piano accompaniments that challenged even the best, certainly made no exception in this sonata. The piano part combines complex rhythmic pattern, changing time signatures, and unusual chords to the point where the prominence of the piano turns this horn sonata into a duet for piano and horn.

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), a native of Berlin, was an accomplished pianist by the age of nine and had written symphonies, concertos, and sonatas by the time that he was thirteen. The member of his family, who were for the most part in bankers, were all moderately well-off and were great supporters of the artistic and intellectual community. Due to his family’s wealth, he did not suffer from the financial difficulties that so many other musicians of his time were forced to cope with, and was therefore able to concentrate on his music making. He was able to have a relatively normal life with a wife and five children despite the fact that he was a musician. He was greatly influenced by the works of Bach, Handel, Mozart and Beethoven. At the age of just 20, he was a recognized conductor of a professional orchestra and he went on to found the Leipzig Conservatory at the age of thirty-three. At the age of 38, he died suddenly of a stroke.
All of Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words were originally published without titles at the Mendelssohn’s request. He felt that the pieces that he wrote did not necessarily have to be “programmatic” in nature and therefore wrote them without lyrics or titles. Publishers have since placed titles on many of them, such as “The Wanderer,” in order to help with identification.

Samuel Barber (1910-1981) was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, were he managed to write his own compositions by the time that he was eight. Soon following that, he made an attempt to write his first opera by the time that he was ten. He studied composition, piano, and voice at the Curtis Institute by the time he was fourteen. He won many prizes within his lifetime, including two pulizers. He also won the American Academy’s Prix de Rome, which allowed him to study in Rome. Trained in the European classical style of the Curtis Institute where he obtained so much of his education, his music often seems to oscillate between the European influence and his own “American” ideas. It was at Curtis that he met Gian Carlo Menotti who he later moved in with after leaving Curtis as a professor. Probably his most famous work would be his Adagio for Strings.
Excursions is an example of Samuel Barber’s synthesis of his European training and his fascination with “American” ideas. Each one of his three movements is based on a regional idiom from the US. Each of the movements is also based on a local instrument from each of the regions. The first of Barber’s Excursions is based on the jazz rhythms of the south.

Paul Koepke is known for brass arranging of many types. One of his most familiar works is Prelude and Fanfaronade, is arranged for trombone and piano.

Percy Hall is a composer, conductor, and arranger. He is currently the conductor of the Mansfield Symphony Youth Strings. He attended the University of Maryland and then joined an Army band. He then joined Westminster College where he received his music education degree. He also performs with the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra.

Walter and Carol Noona are a married piano duo who have written numerous piano duets and ensembles. Walter studied at East Carolina University. He has been a finalist in the Steinway Centennial competition. He also is an orchestral conductor and has made guest conducting appearances with numerous major orchestras such as the Pittsburg Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Carol studied at the American Conservatory of Music and has taught piano since the age of fourteen. She is also interested in theory and pedagogy. Currently, they live together in Virginia and they have performed together at numerous workshops.

Corinne Webb has been playing the French horn for 6 years. She graduated from Edina Public Schools in 2004 and is currently attending DePauw University, studying with Robert Danforth. She studied with Ellen Smith of the Minnesota Orchestra and with Kathleen Van Doeren throughout high school. She has been a part of many ensembles including the Minnesota All-State Concert Band, Great Lakes Ambassadors of Music European Tour band, the Interlochen Arts Camp Symphonic Band, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestra Symphony and numerous college honor bands. She has attended many festivals and camps such as the Bands of America summer music program, the Interlochen Arts Camp, the Kendall Betts Horn Camp, and the St. Olaf College Summer Music Program.

Sonya England is a resident of Edina, Minnesota, Sonya England has been musically active in the community for many years. She has taught in public schools and she quite successfully ran her studio in Edina for many years as a private piano teacher. Since retiring, she now solely accompanies students around the Twin Cities area. She was an accompanist for the Interlochen Arts Camp for about a decade. She graduated from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota with degrees in piano performance and education. She lives with her husband, John England, who is a professional trombonist and studio teacher in their home in Edina. Her two daughters, Karna and Elizabeth, both graduated from Edina High School and attended the New England Conservatory on trombone and oboe, respectively.

William Webb has been the director of bands at Edina High School since 1987. He is well-known as a conductor, educator, performer, and leader in music education. He was the president of the Minnesota Band Directors Association (MBDA). For the past 15 years, he has been the associate conductor of the Minnesota Symphonic Winds which is now directed by Timothy Mahr. Mr. Webb is past president of the Phi Beta Mu professional music fraternity and has served on the VanderCook College Alumni Board of Directors. He has been active in the Minnesota State High School League and has served on many selection committees for it. He has been involved in numerous groups that include the Music Educator’s National Conference, the National Band Association, Minnesota Music Educator’s Association, Minnesota Band Director’s Association, and the International Association of Jazz Educators. William Webb is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota and currently lives in Edina, Minnesota.

Andrea Webb is currently a senior at Edina High School (EHS). She has been involved in many activities within the school and in the arts. She is a leader for the “Transition Team” at EHS for the incoming sophomores and also is a leader for both fifth and ninth graders throughout the district. She is the captain of the top danceline and has been dancing for ten years. She is also a teacher’s assitant three of the lines at the studio. She is also heavily involved in music as a trombone student and piano player. She has gone on a Minnesota-based tour group to Europe for band and she will be traveling to California in January of 2005 to play in the BOA All-American National Honor Marching Band for the Rose Bowl Parade. She has also was selected and participated in the Minnesota All-State Symphonic Band for 2004. She is currently looking at attending Northwestern University, Duke University, St. Olaf College, Univeristy of Minnesota-Twin Cities, or the University of Wisconsin-Madison beginning next fall.