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Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players
“This was music-making of a very high order”
Fred Kirshnit, The New York Sun
Why the name Jupiter: When Jens Nygaard named his orchestra Jupiter, he had the beautiful, gaseous planet in mind—unattainable but worth the effort, like reaching musical perfection. Many, indeed, were privileged and fortunate to hear his music making that was truly Out of This World. Our Players today seek to attain that stellar quality.
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Monday, October 4 ♦ 2 PM & 7:30 PM
Michael Brown piano
Xiao-Dong Wang violin
Jacqueline Audas violin
Natalie Loughran viola
Christine Lee cello
Ha Young Jung double bass
Jordan Dodson guitar
Vadim Lando clarinet
Gina Cuffari bassoon
BEETHOVEN Duetto No. 3 in Bb Major WoO 27
Beethoven very likely admired Boccherini as the latter knew Albrechtsberger and was influenced by Haydn, both of whom were Beethoven’s teachers. Beethoven had also met the famous choreographer and dancer Salvatore Viganò (Boccherini’s nephew) in 1800, and was asked to compose the music for the ballet The Creatures of Prometheus.
Pedro (Pere, in Catalan) TINTORER Un Souvenir de Beethoven
Tintorer (1814–1891) was born in Palma de Mallorca to Catalan parents who emigrated to Barcelona, where he studied music theory, piano, and composition with Ramon Vilanova, music director of the Cathedral. In 1823 he continued his studies at the Barcelona Conservatory; and in 1830, at age 16, he entered the Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica in Madrid to study piano with Pedro Albéniz and composition with Ramón Carnicer. He then studied with Pierre Zimmerman for 2 years at the Paris Conservatory, and remained in Paris until 1836. Tintorer then settled in Lyon where he taught at the Conservatory for 14 years. During this time he also studied privately with Franz Liszt. In 1849, Tintorer returned to Barcelona, where he founded the city’s first piano school. Among his pupils was Joan Baptista Pujol, who later taught Enrique Granados. His last position was at the Liceu Conservatory, where he became principal director for piano in 1883. Tintorer’s honors include a silver medal, awarded in 1853 by Empress Eugenie for the composition of the Mass to celebrate the Day of the Assumption; the Cross of Isabella the Catholic, bestowed from the hands of Queen Isabella II for his Stabat Mater, dedicated to the Queen; and he was named a Night of the Legion of Honor. Tintorer also composed his “Te Deum” to mark the birth of Napoleon III’s son.
Luigi BOCCHERINI “Fandango” Quintet in D Major G. 448
The Quintet was cobbled together from 2 previous quintets for François de Borgia, Marquis of Benavente, who was a great admirer of Boccherini as well as an accomplished guitarist. The Catalan nobleman held musical gatherings at least twice a week in Madrid, and in order for Boccherini to meet the demand for new music, he resorted to skillful arrangements of his own works. The “Fandango” Quintet is from G. 270 (1771) for the Pastorale and Allegro maestoso, and G. 341 (1788) for the Grave assai and Fandango. Boccherini himself suggested that castanets be used in the Fandango.
Boccherini—a virtuoso cellist and one of the most prolific Italian composers of the 18th century—came from a family of considerable artistic gifts in Lucca. His father Leopoldo was a cello or double bass player, his brother Giovan Gastone was a poet and dancer who wrote librettos for Salieri and Haydn, and his sister Maria Ester had a distinguished career in Vienna as a ballet dancer. He spent some time in Vienna and Paris, and from 1769 lived and worked in Spain for the rest of his life. In the 1770s he flourished under the patronage of Don Luis, the Spanish Infante. He died in 1805. As an accomplished cellist, Boccherini could play much of the violin repertoire on the cello at pitch, a skill he learned when he substituted for a sick or absent violinist in the court orchestra during his time in Vienna.
Georges ONSLOW Grand Sextuor in A minor Op. 77b
Franglais son of the English Lord Edward Onslow and noble French woman Marie-Rosalie de Bourdeilles, Onslow lived his entire life in France. He won the prestigious directorship of the Académie des Beaux-Arts over Berlioz, who remarked, “Since Beethoven’s death, he wields the scepter of instrumental music.” Indeed, Onslow’s work was admired by Beethoven and Schubert; and Schumann and Mendelssohn regarded his chamber music on a par with that of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. His 36 string quartets and 34 string quintets were, during his own lifetime and up to the end of the 19th century, held in the highest esteem, particularly in Germany, Austria, and England, where he was regularly placed in the top rank of composers. Publishers such as Breitkopf & Härtel and Kistner were among many that competed to market his music. Onslow’s reputation, based on the excellence of his chamber music, was so high that he was elected to succeed Cherubini as Director of the Académie in an opera-mad France that had little regard for chamber music.
By now you know the danger of gathering indoors with people outside your bubble. If you come, it’s at your own risk. If you are in the least bit fearful of CoVid-19, please do not come. We’ll follow state-city guidelines, however, and we can offer:
Refreshments may not be served.
Jupiter 2021 - 2022 Season
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As promised, here are the videos of John Field’s Divertissement No. 1 and Sir Hamilton Harty’s Piano Quintet. Fortuitously, our Jupiter musicians had the good sense to record the rehearsal in an impromptu decision, literally minutes before pressing the record button. Pianist Mackenzie Melemed (replacing Roman Rabinovich at the last minute) learned the music in 2 days! Bravo to him.
Both works are Irish rarities that were scheduled for the March 16 performances which had to be canceled because of the coronavirus epidemic. Even though the entire program could not be recorded because of technical issues, we are pleased to be able to share with you the 2 musical gems. Enjoy.
John FIELD Divertissement No. 1 H. 13
We thank the University of Illinois (Champaign) for a copy of the Divertissement music.
Mackenzie Melemed piano
Sir Hamilton HARTY Piano Quintet in F Major Op. 12
Andrew Clements of the Guardian proclaimed the beautiful Quintet “a real discovery: a big, bold statement full of striking melodic ideas and intriguing harmonic shifts, which adds Brahms and Dvořák into Harty’s stylistic mix, together with Tchaikovsky in some passages.” There’s folk music charm as well, reminiscent of Percy Grainger—notably in the Scherzo (Vivace) with its folksy quirks and nonchalance, and the winding, pentatonic melody in the Lento.
Our gratitude to the Queen’s University Library in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for a copy of the autograph manuscript of the music. Much thanks, too, to Connor Brown for speedily creating a printed score and parts from Harty’s manuscript.
Mackenzie Melemed piano
I Allegro 0:00
Jupiter featured on Our Net News
American program opener on March 18, with grateful thanks to Michael Shaffer of OurNetNews.com for recording the matinee concert, and making available the Horatio Parker Suite video for our viewing pleasure.
Horatio Parker Suite in A Major, Op. 35, composed in 1893
Stephen Beus piano
More video from this performance can be viewed on our media page
Jupiter on YouTube
NEW YORK CANVAS : The Art of Michael McNamara is a video portrait of the artist who has painted iconic images of New York City for more than a decade, capturing the changing urban landscape of his adopted city. Our Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players provide the music from Brahms’s Piano Quartet in G Minor, underscoring the inspiration the artist has drawn from Jens Nygaard and the musicians. Michael was also our Jupiter volunteer from 2002 to 2010.
Here is a video of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players performance of the Rondo alla Zingarese movement:
The producer-director, Martin Spinelli, also made the EMMY Award-winning “Life On Jupiter: The Story of Jens Nygaard, Musician.”
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New York Sun Review
“Some great musicians get a statue when they pass away. Some get their name imprinted on the roof of a well-known concert hall. But the late conductor Jens Nygaard has a living tribute: an entire ensemble of musicians and a concert series to go along with it...
It is one of the city’s cultural jewels...
In the end, if Mr. Nygaard was known for anything, it was unmitigated verve. That’s what the audience regularly returned for, and that’s what they got Monday afternoon. To have a grassroots community of musicians continue to celebrate Mr. Nygaard with indomitable performances like these week after week, even without the power of world-famous guest soloists, is proper tribute. And with more large orchestras and ensembles needing more corporate sponsorship year after year, I, for one, hope the Jupiter’s individual subscriber-base remains strong.
New York’s musical life needs the spirit of Jens Nygaard, and Mei Ying should be proud she’s keeping it alive.”
Read the complete article on our reviews page.
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