The Santa Barbara Music Club offers another of its splendid free concerts at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St. Cherished club members Andrea and Neil DiMaggio will perform a number of works various for flute (Andrea) and piano (Neil), including:
The concert opens with two very contrasting works by French composers: the elegant Francoise Devienne“Sonata in E minor, Opus 58, No. 5” (1798); Pierre Sancan“Sonatina for flute and piano” (1946); Eric Ewazen“Ballad, Pastoral and Dance” (2002), with the French horn player John Mason; and the “Fugue” of Johannes Brahms‘ “Variations and Fugue in B flat major on a theme by Handel, Opus 24” (1861). Admission, as noted above, is free.
The Devienne Sonata (1759-1803) is one of many compositions for flute by the composer taken up by Jean-Pierre Rampal in the 1960s. It quickly entered the standard concert repertoire of French flutists, and it made its way on concert stages around the world since. From the first notes, the origin of the work in 18th century France is unmistakable.
Sancan (1916-2008) was a French composer, pianist, pedagogue and conductor. Wikipedia notes that he “was a major figure among French musicians of the mid-twentieth-century transition between the modern and contemporary eras; but outside France his name is almost unknown”.
The “Sonatina” was written for a conservatory competition in 1946 and became Sancan’s most popular work. If you like the flute sonatas of Poulenc and Prokofiev, you will have no trouble with Sancan.
Ewazen (b. 1954) is about as well known as a living composer in this fragmented culture/media of contemporary America. There are echoes of Copland in the “Ballade, pastorale et danse”, but the general voice is that of Ewazen. It is a magnificent job from start to finish.
Johannes Brahms (1833-97), of course, is Johannes Brahms, and as such is greater than anything I can say of him.
For more information about this program or other Santa Barbara Music Club programs and artists, or to donate, visit www.SBMusicClub.org.
Regarding: COVID-19, the club states: “In accordance with public health guidelines, all customers, including children under 12, must present proof of full vaccination (final dose of COVID-19 vaccine administered at least 14 days prior to concert date) or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Masks are mandatory and must cover both nose and mouth. Social distancing is required.
– Gerald Carpenter covers the arts as a Noozhawk Contributing Writer. He can be reached at [email protected] The opinions expressed are his own.