Breckenridge Music Festival presents ragtime concert on Tuesday
The Breckenridge Music Festival will present a Tuesday Series chamber concert titled “Ragtime and Timeless Treasures” Tuesday at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center. The evening’s performance will feature the music of composers who incorporated the aesthetics and styles of an earlier period into their music, while still maintaining their own unique musical voice. Works will include: Bolcom’s “Three Rags for String Quartet,” Mozart’s “Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581” and Hummel’s “Piano Septet No. 1 in D Minor.”
William Bolcom is most well known for his work during the 1960s and ’70s reviving ragtime, first popular at the end of the 19th century. Many of his works are a tribute to the style of Scott Joplin. “Three Rags for String Quartet” is Bolcom’s arrangement of his own “Three Ghost Rags,” originally composed for piano in an interesting mix of ragtime style, modern dissonances and unexpected chord progressions.
The “Quintet in A Major” is one of Mozart’s last works, and showcases the clarity, balance and serenity we associate with Mozart’s writing and the artistic movement called neo-classicism, a return to composition strongly embracing those classical elements. Hummel’s “Piano Septet” provides a wonderful glimpse into the waning years of classicism, retaining elegance and balance while moving toward the spirit of the Romantic era in its length and variety of musical styles.
This concert will feature festival instrumentalists including: violinists Hannah Yim, Colleen McCollough and Nathan Olson; violists Matthew Carrington and Susan Pardue; cellists James Holland and Rebecca Gilmore; bassist Alison Gaines; clarinetist Kenneth Krause; oboist Sandra Stimson; flautist Helen Blackburn; pianist Michael Linville; and Jaime Lynne Thorne on French horn.
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