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April 27, 2012
Vol. 53 No. 22

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Recital features musical history

Courtesy of Katie Auchenbach
SING IT BACK - Members of the student chamber music group perform during their recital held on Tuesday, April 24.
On Tuesday, April 24, the Susquehanna student chamber music recital was held. It was directed by Marcos Krieger, Gail Levinsky and Andrew Rammon. The musical repertoire consisted of a mix of early music, classical and some 20th century music.
There were three ensembles overall: the early music ensemble, a string quartet and a saxophone ensemble.
Levinsky said, "I wanted to present the tonal colors that are possible with the sax choir in this concert, and I'm really excited, because we just recently got a bass saxophone."
Krieger said, "It's interesting to watch how the students react to possible new situations and how they solve it musically since there is not a conductor."
The concert was formatted so the early ensemble and saxophone ensemble switched every other piece and then the string quartet played the Mozart quartet in F major.
Krieger mentioned that in typical early music there is a basso continuo, which are the instruments that accompany the voices. The most standard combinations are the organ and bassoon or the harpsichord and cello which were both used in the concert.
"I chose sacred and secular pieces that represent music from Italy and Germany. I looked for pieces that would require them to lean some music that are very metered and some where the rhythm is more free. The harmony from early music is on the brink from tonal to atonal and sounds foreign and creates a challenge for both the performer and listener, because things don't resolve in the way you expect," said Krieger.
Levinsky said the sax ensemble actually had a piece written for them by William Price from the University of Birmingham. The piece was called "Chorale."
Levinsky explained the history of the sax choir and said it's been in existence since the mid-19th century. It's really had a comeback in the last five years.
"One of the pieces I really enjoy is "Big Red" by Andy Scott. It has 11 different parts and has vast expansive texture," Levinksy said.


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