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“Sounds of the New World”
Works by Works by S. BARBER, G. GERSHWIN, V. MEZA, A. PIAZOLLA
Summer Music (1956)
Porgy and Bess (Arr. Holcombe)
Chamber Music Grouping
Chamber Music Group
Luís Miguel Garcia, flute flute
David Fresquet, oboe
Rui Travasso, clarinet clarinet
Joaquim Moita, bassoon bassoon
Todd Sheldrick, horn horn
The languid atmosphere of summer is masterfully captured by Samuel Barber in his ‘Summer Music’. The introduction seems to evoke the blues style so characteristic of the music of another of its predecessors, the American composer George Gershwin. Maybe it’s a reference to ‘Summertime’?
It is, therefore, with the latter’s ‘Porgy and Bess’ that we follow in this concert. The composition of this opera (here arranged in Suite for wind quintet) was a deliberate attitude to create a genre of ‘American folk opera’ with a strong influence of black music.
This journey through the sounds of the New World ends in South America with the intoxicating Tango by Astor Piazolla.