Rangbrook Ensemble Talks ‘Memorial’
May 26th, 2014
Omaha, NE — Grief gives way to healing at memorial performance next week.[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/memorial-web.mp3]
Wednesday, May 28, the Rangbrook Ensemble will perform a program titled â€œMemoriam.â€ The concert, just several days after Memorial Day, is dedicated to Professor Nelson T. Potter, who died in 2013. His daughter, Sophia Potter, is a cellist in the ensemble and says that one work on the program was chosen by her father shortly before he passed.
â€œSo I called my parents and I said â€˜Mom, will you ask dad what his favorite of the Mozart Quintets wasâ€™ and he said, â€˜Oh, the G minor!â€™,â€ she said.
Potter says she only later found out that Mozartâ€™s G Minor Quintet had itâ€™s own musical story to tell.
â€œThat was a quintet that Mozart wrote on hearing that his father was terminally ill,â€ Potter said.â€œItâ€™s very restless, especially the first movement…claustrophobic…very dissonant, even for Mozart.â€
Potter points out that Quintet seems to follow Mozartâ€™s grieving until the finale, which concludes Mozartâ€™s musical journey of healing.
â€œTheyâ€™re a lot more settled, theyâ€™re happier…being able to come out of it,â€ she said.
The second work on the program also appeared at a time of mourning – this time not for the composer, but for an entire nation. German composer Paul Hindemith was in London preparing to perform â€œThe Swan Turnerâ€. Fate, it seems, had something else in mind.
â€œTwo days before the concert, King George V…just died,â€ Potter said.
Hindemith and the producers decided that â€œThe Swan Turnerâ€ wasnâ€™t appropriate, so the composer created a â€˜Plan B.â€™
â€œHe sat in an office for about 6 hours and wrote…mourning,â€ said Potter.
The work was not only appropriate for the loss of a monarch, but immediately popular.
â€œAnd then in the 4th movement the most distinctive thing…doxology,â€ she said.
The Rangbrook Ensembleâ€™s program, â€œMemoriam,â€ is Wednesday, May 28 at 7:30 pm in the First Presbyterian Church of Omaha. More information is available at rangbrookensemble.org.
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