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Release: Aug. 25, 2000
The unusual combination of voice, double bass and piano will be featured
in UI faculty recital
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa School of Music faculty recital
will feature the unusual combination of voice, double bass and piano -- in
the persons of mezzo-soprano Katherine Eberle, bassist Diana Gannett and pianist/composer
David Gompper -- at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 in Clapp Recital Hall. Their recital
will be free and open to the public.
Although there is little original repertoire for voice and double bass,
Eberle and Gannett were invited to perform together for the V Einco, a double
bass convention held in Brazil at the end of August.
"When we got the invitation, we began researching appropriate repertoire,"
What they found were pieces that were suitable to be adapted to voice and
bass. Inspired by a famous violin showpiece, the "Carmen" Fantasy
by Pablo de Sarasate, Gannett arranged four excerpts from Bizets "Carmen."
"These excerpts were particularly well suited to the duo," Eberle
said, "since Carmen is one of the major roles in every mezzo-sopranos
repertoire." Gannett arranged the selections with the "Carmen"
Fantasy in mind, to show off the virtuoso possibilities for extensive ornamentation
in the double bass.
In addition to the "Carmen" excerpts," two songs by Johannes
Brahms that were originally written for voice and viola were found that transposed
nicely to the double bass. And four songs by Tchaikovsky also fit the combination
In addition Gompper, who is director of the UI Center for New Music, wrote
two songs for Eberle and Gannett. Gompper chose texts from "Poems from
a Midsummers Night" by Iowa Poet Laureate Marvin Bell, a professor
in the Iowa Writers Workshop. Gompper set "Like Words, Like Music"
for voice, double bass and piano, and he composed "How the Lovers Found
True Love after all" for Eberle and Gannett alone. Gomppers Two
Songs were premiered by Eberle and Gannett in Brazil Aug. 24, and the UI concert
will be their U.S. premiere.
For the UI recital, Gompper arranged two Gershwin songs to close the program:
"The Man I Love" for double bass and piano, and "Mine"
for all three performers.
A native of Akron, Ohio, Eberle has performed internationally in opera,
concert and solo recitals. The Atlanta Constitution wrote, "Katherine
Eberle was a standout. More than any other performer, she showed what it takes
for a solo performer to command the stage."
Her solo compact disc of songs of women composers, "From a Womans
Perspective," has been issued by Albany Records on the Vienna Modern
Masters Label. She was also soloist on a CD of the Mozart "Requiem"
released by the Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Eberle made her New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in
1993. In 1994 and 95 she toured as a musical ambassador for the United
States Information Agency, performing in South America and Korea.
A graduate of the UI School of Music, Gannett returned to the UI to teach
double bass in the fall of 1992. She also is the principal double bass of
the Quad City Symphony. As president of the International Society of Bassists,
she hosted the 1999 ISB convention at the UI School of Music.
She has been principal double bass of the Gulf Coast Symphony, the Black
Hills Festival Orchestra, the Eastern Music Festival and the Bronx Symphony,
and been a member of the New Haven and New Jersey symphonies. As a chamber
musician she has performed with members of the Guarneri, Emerson, Laurentian
and Stanford string quartets and the Borodin Trio. Her frequent solo appearances
have included many premieres and solo improvisations as well as traditional
repertoire. She has recorded a solo CD, "Ladybass."
Gompper joined the music theory and composition faculty of the UI School
of Music in 1991. He has received numerous awards for his academic and musical
achievements, including the Charles E. Ives Prize for composition from the
American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a Composers Fellowship
from the National Endowment for the Arts.
His "Lament for Bosnia" was premiered in 1998 by the UI Symphony
and Choruses as part of "Global Focus: Human Rights '98," the UIs
year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights. Of his other compositions, "Transitus" was premiered
at Carnegie Hall and "Flip" was premiered by the Kansas City Chamber
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