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      Ferruccio Busoni, Leonard Bernstein, and Johannes Brahms

      Brahms in 1853

      Brahms in 1853

      Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)

      Elegy (1920)

      David Shifrin, clarinet; Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

      Although these days Ferruccio Busoni tends to be better known for his Bach transcriptions, he was one of the great pianist/composers of the late 19th and dawning 20th centuries. This piece is dedicated to the Swiss clarinetist Edmondo Allegra. As Kerry Frumkin and Marc Neikrug discuss, this simple, effective music is kind of an unusual piece for Busoni.

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      Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

      Clarinet Sonata (1942)

      David Shifrin, clarinet; Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

      As Marc tells Kerry, this first piece of Leonard Bernstein provides an insight of what’s to come for the young composer.

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      Marc Neikrug is a great admirer of Leonard Bernstein’s.

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      Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

      Horn Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 40 (1865)

      Philip Myers, horn; Lily Francis, violin; Inon Barnatan, piano

      Brahms composed the Horn Trio in E-Flat Major not long after his mother died. This piece has to do with mourning, but as Marc tells Kerry it is filled with sounds that bring comfort to the living. The horn trio is not so much elegiac as it is reflective, commemorative and gentle.

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      Kerry and Marc talk about the way Brahms used the horn in this trio. Brahms said that the opening theme came to him during a walk along “wooded heights among fir trees.”

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      Pianist Inon Barnatan loves the variety of performance opportunities he has here in Santa Fe, and says that performing in a concerto with orchestra, in a solo recital, or as a member of a chamber ensemble helps inform and improve his playing across the board. The key, he says, is listening to the other players.

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