Musical Club of Hartford

Member Program - Feb 21, 2019

Saint-Saëns’ composition Une flûte invisible is based on a poem by Victor Hugo. This piece will be performed by Betty Knorr, mezzo-soprano, Susan Allen, flute, and Annette Shapiro, piano. The epigraph added at the end of Trio pathétique by Glinka reads "I knew the love only by the sorrows which it causes." The instruments sing out a torrid love affair in the first movement and declarations of agony in the third movement, engaging in a playful Scherzo in the middle and a rush to completion at the end. We’ll hear Carolyn Bernstein, clarinet, Fran Bard, cello, and Michelle Duffy, piano. Selections from Granados's Tonadillas will be performed by Betty Knorr, mezzo-soprano and Nancy Robbins, piano. The songs were inspired by scenes in royal tapestries created by Francisco de Goya. Susan Allen, flute, and Carolyn Woodard, piano, will perform the first two movements from Sonate pour flûte et piano by the twentieth century French composer Pierre Max Dubois, and the first movement of Brahms’ Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major will be played by Lisa Kugelman, violin and Annette Shapiro, piano. Finally, John Church and 10 club members will perform an a cappella performance of Amendments 1, 8, 9, and 10 from the Bill of Rights, composed and conducted by *Neely Bruce. The elegant language of our American founders is, fittingly, set in a variety of styles that emulate the music of contemporaneous composer William Billings.