Faculty Recital: Don Quixote by Kurt Rohde (world premiere)

Friday  28 April  2017  8:00 PM    Friday  28 April  2017 9:00 PM
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With support from the Carnahan Jackson Humanities Fund, composer Kurt Rohde has created "a never was a knight," a musical reimagining of Miquel de Cervantes’ El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha. The libretto comes from come’s Edith Grossman magnificent 2003 translation of the novel. New York City based video artist Jennifer Coates and composer Kurt Rohde, from San Francisco, will join the ensemble in Fredonia for the week of the premier.

Cervantes’ novel has inspired numerous artists and musicians since its publication just over 400 years ago. Mr. Rohde’s music is sophisticated and complex, exploring color and texture, with tremendous imagination. His writing is characterized by non-traditional harmonic language, at once modern, witty and insightful. A virtuosic violist himself, his writing requires, even celebrates, masterful playing, expanding musicians’ boundaries and ideas.

In the composer’s words: "never was a knight" isn't opera. It isn't quite a song cycle either; it's not a musical or an improvisation. The closest thing that this work resembles is the singspiel (sung-spoken) works of the late Classical period. My setting of the story is told from the point of view of Don Quixote, as he lays near death, in bed surrounded by books, half remembering, half hallucinating the life that has brought him to this point – the moment before his is about to end. Don Quixote (the tenor) is often both reanimated and confused when he recalls a memory. He hears voices, he sees things – the memories seem as real as when the events took place. At times comforting, and at times menacing, the voices of those most dear to Don Quixote throughout his life return not simply to reassure him of his recollection, but perhaps also to say goodbye in their own way.

Cervantes's "Don Quixote" is a story that seems to have no bottom, no sides. It is an unwieldy, enormous tale. The characters are commonplace and still odd enough to keep us caring. It is the life lived, the life imagined by Don Quixote that shapes the entire existence of the story. The world inside his head is not imagined; it is tactile, represented in everything that surrounds him; it is his identity.

The work starts with Don Quixote dying, and is broken into vignettes, arias, instrumental interludes and recitatives. Each vignette recalls an important event or character (Sancho Panza, the young servant boy) from his life, all while focusing on the poignant longing he has for Dona Dulcinea. His is a unreconciled life. His quest is over the moment he finds a place to stop and remain.

"never was a knight" was written for and is dedicated to Joe Dan Harper, with great admiration and affection. It is for solo tenor and seven instrumentalists show do a lot more than just play their instruments. The piece lasts 75 minutes.

Kieran Hanlon (double bass)
Joe Dan Harper (tenor)
Anne Kissel (piano)
Roderick MacDonald (trumpet)
David Rose (viola)
Andrew Seigel (clarinet)
Kay Stonefelt (percussion)
Wildy Zumwalt (saxophone)
Kurt Rohde (composer & conductor)
Jennifer Coates (video artist)

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Rosch Recital Hall
Fredonia, 14063, NY, United States

Lisa Layman Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 29/04/2017 01:57
#HarpersCherubs #fredlife
Kayla Boedner
-- 29/04/2017 01:57
This was phenomenal! Congratulations to all.
Dinnie Ronan Cecelia Mirenda
-- 29/04/2017 01:57

Margaret Bruegel Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 29/04/2017 02:13
Magnificent performance!!

Anne Kissel Harper Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 28/04/2017 16:07
Click on the youtube link for the livestream of tonight's performance:

Rudolph Lange Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 28/04/2017 13:11
Heather Eileen Ward want to go?

Joe Dan Harper Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 28/04/2017 02:08
I was mad, and now I am sane...

Joe Dan Harper Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 25/04/2017 15:07
Excited to have Kurt Rohde with us in Fredonia for rehearsals starting today!

Joe Dan Harper Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 24/04/2017 23:23
a short clip from today's rehearsal - ...captive of the beautious and peerless Doña Dulcinea...
Chris Granger
-- 24/04/2017 23:23
Very nice! Any chance the performance will be love-streamed? I would love to hear the entire piece.
Joe Dan Harper
-- 24/04/2017 23:23
Indeed - we'll have a link to the livestream here on Friday at 8pm EST.
Lisa Layman
-- 24/04/2017 23:23
Cannot wait!!
Charles Lenig
-- 24/04/2017 23:23
This is outstanding! I will definitely tune in on Friday.

Anne Kissel Harper Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 23/04/2017 01:42
A glimpse from my practice!
Lisa Layman
-- 23/04/2017 01:42
Beast. Beast!!!

Joe Dan Harper Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 21/04/2017 11:41
Kay Stonefelt
-- 18/04/2017 17:06
Hey- what are you doing in there?
Rosch Recital Hall
Fredonia, 14063, NY, United States
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