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Release: Sept. 20, 2001
NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Sengstschmid is pronounced "ZENGST-shmeed"
Guest recital presents Anglo-American Fiddle Music of 20th, 21st centuries
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Austrian violinist Wolfgang Sengstschmid and pianist
Daniel Grimwood, making their second visit to the University of Iowa, will
perform a program of "Anglo-American Fiddle Music of the 20th and 21st
Centuries" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI
Their concert, presented by the UI Center for New Music, will be free and
open to the public. The program features several world premieres, including
pieces by David Gompper, the director of the Center for New Music, and Ching-Chu
Hu, a former student in the UI School of Music, as well as works by Jeremy
Dale Roberts, who taught composition at the UI on a visiting appointment two
Sengstschmid and Grimwood will perform the same program four days later,
on Oct. 7, in Wigmore Hall in London. Their previous appearance at the UI
was a concert of 20th-century violin music, performed as part of the Center
for New Music concert series, in the fall of 2000.
The complete program on Oct. 3 will be: Aaron Copland's Sonata; Elliott Carter's
"Riconoscenza per Goffredo Petrassi" (Remembrance of Goffredo Petrassi),
the world premiere of Luke Bedford's "Dream Thou"; the world premiere
of Gompper's "Hommage a W.A." for solo piano; Roberts' "Capriccio";
Howard Ferguson's Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 10; Roberts' "Wieglied";
the world premiere of Hu's "Passions"; and Gompper's "Finnegan's
"Besides demonstrating the vitality and appeal of the present day violin
and piano repertoire, this program touches upon a number of connecting themes
or relationships," Sengstschmid said.
"Sometimes these are stylistic or aesthetic -- both the Copland Sonata
and Gompper's 'Finnegan's Wake' exploit a country music brio in the fiddle
writing; sometimes they point to a more personal or professional relationship.
Indeed, much of the program is woven through with the pliant but binding thread
that links teacher and pupil. Composer and artist, too: both Ferguson and
Roberts wrote their work for the distinguished violinist Yfrah Neaman -- who
was my teacher."
Gompper wrote of his "Homage a WA," "This piano work was
written in homage to my teacher at the University of Michigan, William Albright,
who died prematurely in 1998. He was among those who, in the 1960s and 70s,
initiated and supported the revival of ragtime music. He was also a brilliant
organist and pianist, and a dedicated and talented composer.
"While the work is in three main sections, the middle contains my dream
of the type of rag Albright was fond of composing and performing."
Ching-Chu Hu wrote, "'Passions' deals with the intermingling of influences
in my life as an Asian American: the folk tunes that have surrounded me since
my childhood and the western-based education of classical music and 20th-century
techniques. For 'Passions,' I composed music in which the violin's lines recall
the idioms of the er hu (Chinese fiddle) and sheng (Chinese aerophone). In
contrast, the music for the piano alternates between various pentatonic textures
and neo-romantic, neo-tonal influences."
Gompper's "Finnegan's Wake" is based on two Irish fiddle tunes,
"The Green Groves of Erin" and "The Flowers of Red Hill,"
made popular by the Bothy Band, and more recently, the string trio of Edgar
Meyer, Mark O'Connor and Yo-Yo Ma. The score deliberately places presents
Irish-Appalachia-Texas fiddle music within the context of art music, but Gompper
says "my intention was to transform the music as feet-stomping dance
music through a labyrinth of rhythmic manipulations into a series of playful
excursions for both instruments."
Sengstschmid has performed extensively in his native Austria, including
concerts in the major concert halls of Vienna. He has performed in the United
States, South Korea, India, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, and many countries of Europe.
Following his 1999 New York debut recital, Thomas Frost, the producer of the
later Horowitz recordings and currently Senior Executive Producer at SONY
Classical, wrote: "Sengstschmid deserves to have a significant international
concert and recording career."
Sengstschmid has performed as a guest soloist with the Tonkuenstler Orchestra
Vienna, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Berne Symphony Orchestra, the Brno
Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sofia Opera Orchestra and the Kiev Chamber Orchestra.
He currently teaches at the Musikhochschule in Vienna.
A graduate of the Purcell School in England, Grimwood has given concerts
at Wigmore Hall in London, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York,
the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the British Consulate in Amsterdam, the British
Embassy in The Hague, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room in London,
and the Rachmaninoff and Gnessin Halls in Moscow.
Grimwood won the Accompanist's Prize in the International Young Concert
Artists' Competition. He has performed extensively as an accompanist, including
an appearance at a benefit concert in aid of the Royal Society of Musicians
presented by the Jacqueline du Pre 5th Annual Charity Concert in Wigmore Hall.
He made his broadcast debut with cellist Jamie Walton in the BBC Young Artists
Forum. Grimwood is a member of the Royal Society of Musicians, which was founded
in 1738 by George Frideric Handel.
The Center for New Music (CNM) was founded in 1966 with a seed grant from
the Rockefeller Foundation. The center promotes the performance of new music
by providing a core group of specialists in contemporary performance techniques.
Its programming has included world premieres as well as acknowledged contemporary
masterworks. The Center for New Music is supported by the UI Division of Performing
Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences. Information on the CNM, including
complete program notes for the concert by Sengstschmid, is available on the
World Wide Web at http://www.uiowa.edu/~cnm.
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