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  • Artist Series

    Ingrid Eliassen & Ekaterina Isayevskaya

    The Arctic Trumpet and Piano

    Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 8pm

    Lagerquist Concert Hall, Mary Baker Russell Music Center

  • Pacific Lutheran University

    School of Arts and Communication / Department of Music presents

    Artist Series

    Ingrid Eliassen & Ekaterina Isayevskaya

    The Arctic Trumpet and Piano

    featuring

    Ingrid Eliassen, trumpet

    Ekaterina Isayevskaya, piano

    Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 8pm

    Lagerquist Concert Hall, Mary Baker Russell Music Center

    Welcome to Lagerquist Concert Hall.

    Please disable the audible signal on all watches, pagers and cellular phones for the duration of the concert.

    Use of cameras, recording equipment and all digital devices is not permitted in the concert hall.

  • PROGRAM

    Four Preludes ................................................................................................................................... Arild Plau (1920-2005)

    Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, op. 103 .................................................................................... Wolfgang Plagge (b.1960)

    Lyrisk Suite ......................................................................................................................................... Ketil Vea (1932-2015)

    Andante espressivo Lento

    Allegro

    The Ancient Bells of La Dierde ............................................................................... Alexander Aaren Pedersen (b. 1933)

    Holberg Suite ............................................................................................................................... Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)

    Sarabande

    Gavotte

    Trompetuum Perpetuum .................................................................................................................. Ketil Hvoslef (b. 1939)

    Elegi, for Elma ...................................................................................................................................... Rolf Wallin (b. 1957)

    Program Notes

    Arild Plau, Four Preludes

    Allegretto - Andante - Allegro non troppo - Andante

    Four Preludes are short character pieces that express four different moods within the duo texture of trumpet and piano.

    Plau made his living at first playing the piano in various restaurants in Oslo for eleven years. He got a job as a bassoonist at the Norwegian

    Opera after a successful audition in 1958. He wrote the Four Preludes on commission from his colleague, Lars Nss, the solo trumpeter

    in the opera orchestra. Four Preludes was written for the record The Nineteenth-Century Trumpet Concertos.

    Wolfgang Plagge, Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, op. 103

    Wolfgang Plagge is a well known Norwegian composer and pianist. Plagges list of works ranges from liturgical music to symphonic,

    while chamber music and piano solo pieces constitute a main portion of his output. Plagge has also focused on writing for wind

    instruments and has penned a number of works for woodwinds and brass in chamber settings. The Sonata for Trumpet and Piano is

    dedicated to Plagges good friend, the world-known trumpeter, Ole Edvard Antonsen, and they have recorded the Sonata on the CD,

    Ars Nova: The Medieval Inspiration.

    Time is an important issue in this piece, time as a dimension, and as a storyteller. You can also hear bells ringing, and it all ends up in a

    chorale, Inbrugk ich muse rich lassen, by Heinrich Isaac (1450-1517).

    Ketil Vea, Lyrisk Suite (Lyric Suite)

    Ketil Vea (1932-2015) is a Norwegian composer whose music is inspired by the landscapes of northern Norway where he lived most of

    his life. As a cultural organizer, performing musician, and composer, he greatly influenced the development of musical life in northern

    Norway which today includes professional ensembles, a music conservatory, and a multitude of non-professional initiatives.

    As a composer from northern Norway he also had an affinity with Sami culture. In Norway, the 1970s were a decade that focused on

    local culture and history, and local communities developed feelings of worth and cultural pride. This also affected the Sami communities

    in the north, and led to a renaissance of interest in Sami cultural identity, including the native Sami song tradition, called joik. The Lyric

    Suite was written in 1978. The first movement (Andante espressivo) is reminiscent of birds screeching alongside the sea coast, snow

    avalanches in the mountains or northern lights dancing in the clear winter sky. The third movement (Allegro) of the piece has a repetitive

    element which sounds like an attempt to imitate joik. The second movement (Lento) tends toward the poetic mood, where the music is

    painted with Arctic colors and peaceful harmonies.

  • Ketil Vea also played an important role in Norwegian music education. He taught at all levels, but is perhaps particularly remembered

    for his work with Norwegian teachers and at music conservatories. He was, among other things, principal of the Music Conservatory of

    Northern Norway in Troms. His many textbooks are still used in Norwegian music education, and in 1983 he was awarded the

    Lindeman Prize for his pedagogical achievements.

    Alexander Aaren Pedersen, The Ancient Bells of La Dierde

    The Ancient Bells of La Dierde tries to depict the atmosphere and the surroundings of an old church in the countryside of Spain. The

    rather open and spacious architecture of the music are meant to augment a sense of timelessness and vastness. These bells have probably

    rung for centuries, whose sound is now perhaps dwelling in cosmic and celestial spheres.

    Alexander is a passionate and versatile composer, arranger and pianist. Despite his young age, his fiery love for musical storytelling has

    pushed him around the world, and acquired him a vast artistic experience. His recent projects include recording and conducting his own

    music with the Hollywood Studio Orchestra at Warner Brothers, Los Angeles; The Wrath of The Music God a 18 minute animated

    short, where Alexander wrote both the music and the script; The Blue Note a theatrical piece in which he wrote the script and a jazz

    score; The Thief and the Kaleidoscope a concept album for big band and actor, where he composed music and played piano himself.

    In 2017, Alexander graduated with first class honors from the prestigious Pulse College, where he received his Masters in film scoring.

    His studies were supported by a large-scale scholarship from Norway.

    The Ancient Bells of La Dierde is commissioned for this tour.

    Edvard Grieg, Holberg Suite op. 40

    This piano suite was composed in 1884 to mark the bicentennial of the birth of the Norwegian-Danish playwright Ludvig Holberg. It

    was Holbergs multifaceted genius, his humor, satire, and sober philosophy that inspired Grieg to compose the Holberg Suite. The piece

    is based on the French dance suite forms favored by Couperin, Rameau, and Bach. In Griegs hands these old dance movements receive

    a new, personal garb. The suite was performed in Bergen a few days after the unveiling of the Holberg statue, and it was an immediate

    success. One year later Grieg arranged this suite for string orchestra.

    The suite opens with a firework display of a Preludium. The same intensity is to be found in the last movement, Rigaudon. The two

    dances in the middle of the suite, Gavotte and Musette, run into one another. The Gavotte, with the accent on the third beat

    characteristic of this dance, is an elegant piece, while Grieg takes the French Musette and turns it into something that sounds more

    like a Norwegian folk dance on the traditional instrument the Hardanger fiddle. In the slow movements Sarabande and Air the

    composer demonstrates his mastery of melody and harmony.

    Ketil Hvoslef, Perpetuum Trompetuum

    Ketil Hvoslef is the son of the famous composer Harald Sverud. Hvoslef has written a number of solo concertos for different

    instruments including piano, trumpet, double bass, violin, bassoon, cello as well as a double concerto for flute and guitar, a triple concerto

    for violin, cello and piano, and a concerto for saxophone quartet and orchestra.

    Perpetuum Trompetuum is dedicated to the Norwegian trumpet player Erlend Aagaard-Nilsen, and it was premiered at the BrassWind

    Festival in Bergen in 2010. He has written a wandering bass line which goes through the whole piece. The descant part and the trumpet

    eventually merge into a rhythmically intense drive and an effective ending. This piece is first of all characterized by great rhythmic

    ingenuity.

    Rolf Wallin, Elegi

    Rolf Wallin is considered one of Scandinavias leading modern composers. Educated in Norway and America, Wallins music combines

    an intuitive freedom with a rigorous mathematical approach, and you can often hear the influence of Ligeti, Xenakis and Berio in his

    music. In the Elegi, from 1979, he is taking another direction. It was written in memoriam for his sister, to be performed by Rolf on

    trumpet at her funeral. Strongly influenced by jazz harmonies, it is a simple, melodic and beautiful work.

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