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Old, New, Borrowed and Blue: the Music of Ligeti, Ravel and Breadon

  • Central United Methodist Church 1875 North Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ, 85004 United States (map)

Our tenth season’s theme is Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue and each of our series concerts will have a staple work of the woodwind quintet repertoire, a commissioned work, a transcription (a work stolen from another instrument or group of instruments!) and something blue.

Arranged from his work Musica ricercata, Gyrogy Ligeti’s “Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet” was premiered in 1956, except, the last movement was censored by Soviet officials for being too “dangerous.” Ligeti used a compositional device that only used a limited amount of notes of the chromatic scale for each movement, and for the piano, starting with one single note and adding one additional note for each movement. The first movement of Six Bagatelles contains only four pitches, but is melodically incredibly interesting, shifting through rhythmic motives.

After performing transcriptions of string quartets over the past several seasons (including Shostakovich’s Eighth String Quartet and the American Quartet by Antonin Dvorak), Monica fell in love with the String Quartet in F major by Maurice Ravel and has transcribed it for us. Listen to a beautiful performance of the first movement here.

New for this concert will be a composition by our very own Tom Breadon. Tom’s work for MACP includes a set of Aesop’s Fables for the quintet, which will be recorded in June 2017 and released as video on Youtube in English and Spanish.

Season tickets and individual tickets are available here.

Adults: $15 online/$20 at the door

Students/Seniors: $10 online/$15 at the door