Duo 35 Plays ELVIS! Program Notes for Duo 35 TMEA Tour 2019! Saxophonist Todd Oxford and ClarinetMike Perform at TMEA on Friday, February 15 at 2 pm!

As previously posted, saxophonist Todd Oxford and I have been invited to perform at the HUGE Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention 2019 in beautiful downtown San Antonio, Texas on Friday, February 15 at 2 p.m.!  Leading up to our big TMEA concert, Todd and I will be doing a supporting tour in Texas.  Below are the Duo 35 TMEA Tour 2019 Itinerary, Concert Program, and PROGRAM NOTES. ClarinetMike says, “We’re playing some Elvis – see below! Make plans to hear us at TMEA. Please come on by and say, ‘Hey Now, Duo 35!’”

Duo 35 TMEA Tour 2019
Michael Dean, clarinet

Todd Oxford, alto saxophone

TOUR ITINERARY
Coppell High School, Coppell, Texas
Concert, 12:45 p.m., Friday, February 8

Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas
Concert, Noon and Master Class, 2 p.m., Monday, February 11

Texas Music Educators Clinic/Convention (TMEA)
Convention Center North Lobby, San Antonio, Texas
Concert, 2 p.m., Friday, February 15

CONCERT PROGRAM
The Easy Winners (1901) by Scott Joplin (1868-1917) Arr. by Terry Kenny
(clarinet and alto saxophone)

Sweet and Go (2014) by Armando Ghidoni (b.1959)
(alto saxophone)

Plaisir d’amour (2017) by Robert Fruehwald (b.1957)
(clarinet and alto saxophone)

When Armenian Butterflies Dream (2015) by Jeffrey Hoover (b.1959)
(clarinet)

Maple Leaf Rag (1899) by Scott Joplin (1868-1917) Arr. by Terry Kenny
(clarinet and alto saxophone)

PROGRAM NOTES

The Easy Winners (1901) by Scott Joplin (1868-1917)

Scott Joplin

The Easy Winners (subtitled A Ragtime Two Step) is one of Joplin’s most popular works. It was one of the four that had been recorded as of 1940. The copyright for the original piano version was registered October 10, 1901. The Shattinger Music Company of St. Louis, Missouri bought the piece and published a simplified version. Only later did John Stillwell Stark publish it as written. This performance features The Easy Winners and Maple Leaf Rag (below) in arrangements by Terry Kenny found in the Barrelhouse Party duet collection published by Edition Darok in 1993.

American composer and pianist Scott Joplin achieved fame for his ragtime compositions and was dubbed the “King of Ragtime Writers.” During his brief career, he wrote 44 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas.

Sweet and Go (2014) by Armando Ghidoni (b.1959)

Armando Ghidoni

Armando Ghidoni writes of his work: “Premiered in 2013, Sweet and Go, for solo saxophone elegantly explores the poetic and technical resources of the instrument. The diptych, approximately five minutes in length, opens with an Adagio, a free declamation in recitative that is an oasis of tenderness to which the glissandi bring a whiff of the Orient. In contrast to this voluptuous dream, the second section, marked Vivo brilante ben ritmato, allows the soloist to display a sparkling, without betraying the underlying spirit of improvisation. Melodies, rhythms, nuances and colours all contribute to this festival of ingenuity.”

Honorary President of the Olivier Messiaen Music School in Nantes, Armando Ghidoni is intensely active as a composer. He was born in Italy but raised in France. His catalogue includes many instrumental scores that are regularly chosen as set pieces in leading national and international competitions, as well as chamber music, sacred music, incidental music and an opera that has been played throughout the world.

Plaisir d’amour (2017) by Robert Fruehwald (b. 1957) 

Robert Fruehwald

Plaisir d’amour was commissioned by Duo 35 and premiered by them at the NACWPI/College Music Society Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in October of 2018.  Robert Fruehwald writes of his work: “Plaisir d’Amour is one of the world’s most popular love songs. It was written in 1784 by french composer Jean-Paul-Égide Martini. It was later orchestrated by Hector Berlioz. It has been recorded by numerous opera singers including Elisabeth Schwartzkopf, Janet Baker, and Plácido Domingo. It appears in the films The Heiress, Love Affair, We’re No Angels, and The Affair of the Necklace as well as the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.  Plaisir d’amour is perhaps best known in the version sung by Elvis Presley: Can’t Help Falling in Love. The original french text is from a poem by Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian. The opening lines sum up the experience of love lost: The pleasure of love lasts only a moment. The grief of love lasts all your life (Plaisir d’amour ne dure qu’un moment. Chagrin d’amour dure toute la vie).”

Robert Fruehwald grew up in Louisville, Kentucky where he played flute in the Louisville Youth Orchestra. He attended the University of Louisville receiving a Bachelor of Music in Composition (with honors). While in Louisville, he studied composition with Nelson Keyes, Claude Baker, and Dan Welcher, and flute with Francis Fuge. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree at the California Institute of the Arts studying with Mel Powell, Morton Subotnick, and Leonard Rosenman. He returned to the Midwest to work on a Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis. There, he studied under Robert Wykes and finished his doctorate in 1985. Before accepting a teaching position in the late 1980s, Dr. Fruehwald developed a series of programs to print musical examples for scholarly journals and books. In 1989 Robert Fruehwald took a teaching position at Southeast Missouri State University. Dr. Fruehwald has taught numerous subjects at Southeast including applied composition, music theory, applied flute, electronic-computer music, and the history of modernism. He served as chair of the department of music at Southeast Missouri State University from 1995-2000. His professional web page is available HERE.

When Armenian Butterflies Dream (2015) by Jeffrey Hoover (b.1959)

Jeffrey Hoover

When Armenian Butterflies Dream had only been performed in Armenia when clarinetist Michael Dean gave the North American Premiere of the work at the NACWPI/College Music Society Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in October of 2018.  Jeffrey Hoover writes of his work: “When Armenian Butterflies Dream was inspired by studying the musical elements and colors of sacred Armenian chant. It also combines the spiritual symbolism of the ‘rebirth’ of the butterfly: its transformation from larva and eventual emergence as a full adult. The composition of When Armenian Butterflies Dream coincided with the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in 2015.”  A digital painting, When Armenian Butterflies Dream, by Jeffrey Hoover is available HERE.

Jeffrey Hoover’s work – music ranging from soloist to symphony orchestra – has received recognition through the prestigious Trieste prize, awards from Mu Phi Epsilon, the Lancaster Fine Arts Festival, grants, publications fellowships and more than 20 commissions.  He is a member of the ACME roster of Mu Phi Epsilon, recognized for distinguished achievement as a composer. One unique aspect of Hoover’s creative output is when he combines composition with painting, creating synergetic works that intrigue and captivate audiences and performers alike.  His work is seen in exhibitions and in concerts where his paintings are projected while musicians perform his music.  Whether making interdisciplinary works, or traditional stand-alone sonic or visual art, Hoover shapes his work through inner vision and experience.  Hoover’s background as a performer includes both classical and jazz music, as saxophonist and conductor.  His book The Arts and Society:  Making New Worlds (Music, Art, Theater, Dance, Film, Poetry, and Architecture) is published by Kendall Hunt Publishing. He holds a Ph.D. in Fine Arts (Composition and Interdisciplinary Fine Arts) from Texas Tech University, as well as a M.M. and Bch.Sc. from Ball State University.  His career in higher education has included both faculty and administrative appointments.  Hoover resides in Sacramento, California. His professional web page is available HERE.

Maple Leaf Rag (1899) by Scott Joplin (1868-1917)

Front cover of third edition of “Maple Leaf Rag” sheet music.

Maple Leaf Rag (copyright registered on September 18, 1899) is an early ragtime musical composition for piano. It was one of Joplin’s early works, and became the model for ragtime compositions by subsequent composers. It is one of the most famous of all ragtime pieces. The piece gave Joplin a steady if unspectacular income for the rest of his life. Despite ragtime’s decline after Joplin’s death in 1917, the Maple Leaf Rag continued to be recorded by many well-known artists. The ragtime revival of the 1970s brought it back to mainstream public notice once again.

 

About ClarinetMike

American clarinetist MICHAEL DEAN performs and teaches internationally and across the USA to consistent praise such as "world-class clarinetist and pedagogue," "consummate performer," "inspirational," "outstanding teacher," "super," "brilliant performer," and "one of the best clinicians I have ever seen." His career is headlined by appearances at Carnegie Hall, ClarinetFest, NACWPI, Eastman School of Music, and Royal Northern College of Music with recent recitals and master classes in Canada, Italy, Spain, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana, and Texas. In July, he will again return to Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the international Orfeo Music Festival 2019. He is featured on 5 commercial CD's and on New Media, such as YouTube. He is currently preparing another new clarinet CD, Postcards from Silver Lake. Dr. Dean has given more than 500 clinics, master classes and performances at high schools, universities, conferences and other venues. For 11 years he was a clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony and he's also performed with the Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio, and Duo 35. His articles appear in journals such as Southwestern Musician, WINDPLAYER, NACWPI Journal and The Bandmasters' Review. As "ClarinetMike," he writes for his widely-viewed ClarinetMike Blog, the Internet’s #1 clarinet blog read in 150 countries on 6 continents: clarinetmike.wordpress.com. After a successful 25 years of teaching clarinet at the university level, he relocated to his native Texas due to family concerns. He is a past president and former National Board officer of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI). Dr. Michael Dean studied clarinet performance at Texas Tech University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas at Arlington. His teachers include Robert Walzel, Phil Aaholm, Carol Jessup, Jess Youngblood, and Bob Ackerman. His web page, clarinetmike.com, features video of his teaching and performing as well as information on his CD's and other publications. He is a BG France Performing Artist.
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