Recital videos, August 2016

September 25, 2016

I performed a recital with a faculty colleague on our campus at Delta State University, and again at the University of Mississippi (“Ole Miss”). Program and videos are below.

The idea behind the first half was to play Paris Conservatory competition pieces from 1916 (100 years ago). The Büsser and Lefebvre pieces are not unknown, and the Fauré Fantaisie for flute and piano is core repertoire. The Paul Puget Solo for bassoon and piano was much harder to find, as it seems to have been out of print for some time. The University of Michigan library has it, and was willing to send their yellowed copy on interlibrary loan for a fee. (I am hoping to get it up on the IMSLP. Update: it’s now on the IMSLP.) If anybody is familiar with the piece, I would be curious to hear from you.

No special theme on the second half, just a couple of contemporary works I wanted to do. Greg Pattillo’s Three Beats for beatbox flute was a fun challenge and a crowd pleaser. (My beatboxing has a long way to go. Also: I bought the piece as a PDF through Pattillo’s website, but the site seems to have been updated and now I can’t find it to link to.) And Roberto Molinelli’s Four Pictures from New York is a charming piece for saxophonist playing soprano, alto, and tenor, performed here with piano but also available in several ensemble versions. I copied Otis Murphy‘s substantial cuts to the third movement, which make sense for the saxophone/piano texture.

Program (PDF)

Comments

  1. Ben Britton

    Great stuff, Bret!

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  2. Luke Mankovich

    Great performance! I happen to be preparing a recital where the last half consists of works by composers affiliated with the Paris Conservatory, including the Fauré Fantaisie, so that was a funny coincidence. The first half is a Bach flute sonata and the Adagio from the Mozart clarinet concerto. It’s a bit of an ambitious program for me because I’m just a high school senior, and I’ll have to play on my two weakest instruments (saxophone and clarinet), but I’m hopeful I can put together a decent performance.

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